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ILLUSTRATING THE ANCESTRY
GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES,
BY HER GRANDSON
WILLIAM S. APPLETON.
PRESS OF DAVID CLAPP & SON.
18 9 3.
In the Name of God Amen the two & twentieth day of Decemb'
sixteene hundred sixty & eight I Edmond Greeneleife, being mind-
fnll of my owne mortality an certainety of Death, &. vncertainty of the
Tyme &, beeing desirose to settle things in order, beeing now in
Good health & perfect memory doe make appoynt & Ordaine this to
be my last will & testament in Manner &, forme folowiug, That is
to say first and prinsipally, I give & bequeath my soule into the
hands of my blessed redeemer the Lord Jesus who hath Dyed & gaue
himselfe for mee, & his blood clenseth from all Sinne & through his
righteousnese I doe onely looke for Justification &, saluation, and doe
comit my Mortall body, after this Life is ended vnto the Dust from
whence it was taken, there to be preserued, by the power of the
faythfulnese of my Redeemer Jesus Christ, vntill the Resurection of
the Just, and then to be raised vp by the same power to Imortality
& Life, where I shall see him as he is, and shall ever be with him &
in this fayth & hope I desier through his Grace &, Assistance to Hue
& Dye in, & at last to be found of him in peace, Nextly my will
is beeing according to Gods will reuealed in his word that we must
pay what wee owe & Liue of the rest vnto whose rule the sons of
men ought to frame there wills & actions therefore my mind & will
is that my debts shall be truly and Justly payd to euery man to whome
I shall be indebted, by my Executors heereafter named. And first I
doe reuoke renounce frustrate & make void all wills by mee formerly
made & declare & appoynt this to be my last will and testament
Imprimis I giue vnto my sonne Stephen Greeneleife, and to my
Daughter Browne Widdow, and to my Daughter Cofiin to each of
them twenty shillings apeice. Item I giue vnto my Grand child
Elizabeth Hilton ten pounds, Item I giue to my Grand child Enoch
* EARLY WILLS.
Grccncleife fiuc pounds, Item I giue to my Granrlchilcl Sarah
Winslow fiue pounds if her father pay me the foure pounds lie oweth
mee, Item I giue vnto my Eldest sons son James* Greeneleife
twenty shillings & after my liincrall Expcnccs debts & Legacies are
Discharged, I giue & bequeath the rest of my Estate, vnto my son
Stcplien Greeneleife, and to my Daughter Elizabeth Browne, and to
my Daughter Judah Coffine, equally to be diuided amongst them and
their Ciiildren <fe further I desier & appoynt my son Stephen Green-
leife & Tristram CoflSne the Executors of this my will to see it
Executed & gformed as ncerc as the can & I farther intreat my
Cozens Thomas Moore Marriner to see to the pformance of this
my will, In Witnese whereof I haue set to my hand & scale this
twenty fifth Day of Decemb^ 1668.
Signed sealed published & Declared
to be my last will in p^'sence of vs Edmond
George Ruggell Grenlefe & a seale
When I maried my wife I kept her Grand Child as I best remember
3 yeare to Scooling Dyet & apparell & William Hill her son had a
bond of six pound a yeare whereof I Receiued no more then a barrell
of porke of 3"' : 0-0 of that 6-0-0 a yere he was to pay mee & I
sent to lier son Ignatius Hill to the Barbados in Mackrell Sider &
bred & pease as much as come to twenty pound I neuer receaued one
penny of itt : his Aunt gaue to the three Brothers 50"" : a peice I
know not whether they receaued it or noe but I have not receiued
any gt of it. Wittnes my hand
beside when I married my wife Edmond
she brought mee A siluer boule Greenlep 29. 5. 68.
a siluer porringer a siluer spon
she Lent or gaue them to her son
James Hill without my consent.
Proved 12 April 167L
In the name of god, and with the assistance of his holy spirit, I
Anthony Somerby of Newbury in the County of Essex Newe
Ma being sencible of my owne weaknes & mortality, being through
gods mercy of Inditfcrent health of body & of perfect memory, doe
here make my last will & Testament, Coiuending my Soule into the
hands of my blessed Redeemer Jesus christ, and my body when it
shall descease this fraile life to be buryed in the burying place of
Newbury betweenc my deare Relations my wife & son. In an assured
hope of a blessed Resurrection, And for my worldly goods which
* There is no other trace of this son, and perhaps the name should be Joseph.
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god of his free mercy hath betrusted me with in this my pilgrimage
I desire to dispose as followeth
Imp"' I give & bequeath to my Grandson Henry Somerby all my
now dwelling house & barne & housing with the freehold of Comon-
age belonging to it, with Orchard & twenty eight acres of Arable &
pasture land, adioyneing to the house with ray portion of Salt marsh
in Plumb Hand (except six acres which I reserue for his two brothers
next Joseph Cokers land) & I also give him ray six acres of Salt
Marsh below Pine Hand all which I giue hira dureing his naturall,
and to his lawfull heires but if lawfull Issue faile then I giue it to
his next brother prouided that he fulfill my will here expressed.
It. I giue to my Grandaughter Elizabeth Moody (besids what
she haue had) twenty shillings in mony, and ten shillings to her son
Daniel within one yeare after my descease.
Also I giue & bequeath vnto my Grandson Abiel Somerby the
foure acre lot that was John Hutchins with the Orchard & freehold
of Comonage belonging to it. And a parcell of arable land lying on
the west of that I purchased of John Hutchins, bounded from about
the midle of the said orchard fence on a strait lyne to the rocke on
the brow of the hill & from the said Rocke on a straight lyne to the
street fence being about three acres more or lesse the foure acre lot
to come from the south west corner of the orchard fence, in the
ancient bounds through the calfe pasture also I giue him three acres
of Salt marsh in Plumb Hand & halfe the six acres I bought of Sol-
lomon Keyes with my musquet sword & belt this I giue him dureing
his naturall life & to his lawful heires but if lawfull Issue faile I giue
it to his brother Anthony & the booke of M^ Dike on a good con-
Also I giue & bequeath vnto ray Grandson Anthony Somerby my
pasture land called the new pasture as it is fenced in to itselfe & six
acres of Salt marsh that is three acres in Plumb Hand & three of
that I bought of Sollomon Keyes, those two parcels of Salt marsh to
be equally divided between Abiel & Anthony : and my ten acres of
meadow in birchen meadowes to be equally divided between Henry
Abiel & Anthony, This portion I giue to Anthony when he shalbee
of the age of one and twenty yeares dureing his naturall life & to
his lawful heirs but if lawfull Issue faile then the pasture to Henry
& the meadow to Abiell also I giue him ray bible & M"" Rogers sea-
uen treatises & a Carbine & sword.
Also I appoint Henry to break vp two acres of land for Anthony.
Also I giue vnto each of my Grandaughters Abigail & Rebecca
fifty pounds a peice to be paid in corne & cattle at the daycs of their
marryag or in a twelue month after or at the age of one & twenty
years or two & twenty.
Also I giue Elizabeth Morse a cow & two ewe sheep at the day of
And wheras ray Daughter in law had a hundred pounds allowed
4 EARLY WILLS.
her for the thirds of her husbands estate there is threescore pounds
in her brother John Kellyes hands, And 1 appoint her that three-
score pounds, and forty pounds more to be paid to her out of ray
StocUe by my executor with tiic goods that are in her Roome, And
to haue liberty to dwel in the iiouse without any molestation; Dure-
ing her widdowhood her son Henry to find her firewood & to pay
her six pounds yearly in Corne & prouisions And in Consideration
of Henry paying my debts & legacyes and his motiiers six pounds
yearely I giue him all my booke & bill Debts & all my stocke &
household goods vndisposed of And to have Abiels work vntill he be
of the age of one & twenty years finding liim meat drink & apparrell
Also I giue to M'^ Richardson twenty shillings in pay & to Elinar
Davis twenty shillings in pay & to Richard Bartlet ten shillings &
thirty shillings to the poore of Newbury
And hereby I appoint Henry Somerby my true & lawfull heire &
sole executor of this my last will & testament
And Desire my trusty & well beloued freinds my brother Tristram
Coffin & my Cousen Nathaniel Clark senr to be the ouerscers of my
last will & testament Revokeing all former wills acknowledging this
my last will & testament my debts & funerall being Discharged
January 22*'' 1685
As witness my hand & scale
owned & sealed before us Anthony Somerby Seal
Proved 26 October 1686.
This 17"' of Agust 1681
I Richard Knight of Newbery being now in helth and while ray
memory is good and know not how sudenly I may leaue this world
and being desirous to set my outward estat that God hath given me
in order acording to my Minde do Therfore ordain and make my
last will and Testament as followeth.
First That when my time is com I commit my soule to god that
gaue it and my body vnto the Earth to be buried to waite for my
Reserection by my Lord Jesus Christ.
Secondly I give and bequeth vnto my Granchild John Keley
my lot at the old toune joyning vnto Josep Elslys vpland and the
oxcomon and ffive ackers of marish medow joyning vnto m"" Sewales
raarrish land and Josep Elslys and by Thomas Heals. And Likwise
five ackers of marrish land at Plom Iland joyning vnto my daughter
Rebeca Somerby s land she had of me and by Capt Daniel 1 Perces
land on the south with all the apurtenances belonging to it: (erasure)
all this land vnto the said John Keley to Inioy to him and his
heiers for euer after his mother Sarah Keley and his ffather John
Kelleys decease but if my Granchild John Keley dy without anie
child surviving of his body lawfully begotten: then the whole both
vpland and medow to return vnto his brother Jonathan Keley and
his heiers foreuer : but if John Keley do live to Inioy it he shall pay
vnto his Brother Jonathan ten pounds in Marchantabl corn or catell
vnder 7 yer old and If Jonathan com to Inioy it he shall pay unto
his sister Rebeca Keley ten pound in like pay.
Thirdly I giue vnto my Grauchild Richard Keley ray house and
housing and barns and orchards and all the rest of ray land both
vpland and raedow and pastures and comonag with his brother John
to Inioy to him and his heires for euer after his mother Sara Keleys
and his father John Kelys decease : and if Richard Keley dye without
a Child surviving of his body lawfully begoten Then the whole both
housing barns and orchards and all the land before mentioned for
Richard To Return vnto his brother Abiell Keley and his heirs for
euer with the Comonag and privilids before mentioned : and Ife
Richard Keley do live to Inioy it he shall pay vnto abiell Keley
twenty pounds in marchantabl corn or cattell or ife Abiell Keley do
Inioy it he shall pay his sister Sara Keley twenty pounds.
4thiy Concerning my son in law Henry Jaquis and Ann his wif
when they were maried I gave them thirty ackers of vpland and
medow and now I giue vnto hira three pounds to be paid within three
years after my decease and likwise I giue vnto Ann his wife hue
pounds to be paid within five jeam after my decease or before if
my executors can well do it.
5'y I giue vnto my Granchildren Anthoney Mosse and Josep
Mosse ten pounds apeec and vnto Elizabeth Mosse twenty pounds :
the forty pounds to be paid within seven year after my decease or
before if my Executors can well do it.
6'y Besid the medow and Cattell I gaue vnto my daughter
Somerby when she married with Abiell Somerby : I do now Ingaig
my executors to pay vnto my daughter Rebeca Somerby sixty pounds
that I then promised within a yer and halfe alter my decease.
7thiy J (Jq jjq^ make my daughter Sara Keley and her husband
John Keley my Executors and to Inioy all my housing and all my
land both vpland and raedow with all my Comonag and privilidges
and flfences belonging to my land and with all my stock of Cat-
tell and horse kine and sheep and swine and goods during their
lives : and do Ingaig them by this gsent to pay the fore mentioned
Lygacies which is on hundred and eight pounds and within the time
prefixt and my debts and Charg for my ffunerall and to my ouerseers
for their pains and time expended about ray will and my will is that if
my daughter Sarah Keley should dy before her husband John Keley :
that yet my housall goods both beding brasse & puter with the other
things in the house after John Kelys death may reraaine vnto my
daughter Saras Children as ther father John Keley while he lives do
see have most need of it : I say the Children of his body.
Likwise I do desir my two Loving ffrcnds m'' Nicholas Noic and
Robert Lonpj to be my ouer seers that ray will may be performed and
accordinfr to the time. p me Richard Knight.
Signed Selcd and apointed
to bo in fforc after my deceas Seal
(This to lines that is struk out in
the 11 and twclv lines was Struk out
before the Signig and Seling was don
Witnes Nicholas Noyes
Proved 25 September 1683.
Bee it knowne vnto all men by these p-'sents that I Richard Lowle
of Newbury in the Countie of Essex Newe : Massac : being sencible
of mine owne weaknes & mortality being of perfect memorie doe
here make my last will & Testament comending my soule into the
hands of my blessed Sauiour & Redeemer the Lord Jesus Christ :
and my body to the earth from wlience it was taken, In assured hope
of a happy Resurrection in the day of the appeareing of Jesus christ.
And for my worldly Goods I dispose of as followeth.
Lnp'': I giue and bequeath vuto my loueing & beloued wife Mar-
geret. all my houshold Goods (except my great Bible, and my great
pot) & Chattells, with iiouse & land & orchard and meadow, dureing
her widdowhood, or naturall life if shee remaine a widdow. also I
appoint my said wife to bee my sole executrix of this my last will &
testament And after her I giue & bequeath vnto my son Perciuall
Lowle, all my house & Barne & outhouseing & orchard with all
my land adioyneing to my house (except tweluo acres on the north-
easterly side of my Land) also I giue to my Son Perciuall my twelue
acres of Marsh in the great marshes by the Pimib bushes, and fiue .
acres of marsh or meadow below Beniamin Rolfes, and two acres of
my marsh of the eight acres at old Towne, and also the one halfe of
my freehold & preuiledg of Commonnag and my great pot & my
great Bible. And I do hereby acknowlcdg that the meadow in
Birchen meadows which was formerly mine to bee my Son Perciualls
Also 1 giue and bequeath to my Son Thomas Lowle twelue acres
of my vpland adioyneing to James Brownes and Nathaniel Clarks
land & widdow Muzzyes land. So much in breadth at the street as
railing the whole length, bearing an equall breadth as shall amount
to twelue acres. Alwayes prouided that if my son Samuell Lowle
desire one acre of land to build an house for his sctled habitation,
then my son Thomas shall let my son Samuell haue an acre adioyne-
ing to the widdow Muzzyes land foure Rods in front next the street
and forty Rods in length, but if my Sou Samuell shall refuse or re-
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linquish his Right in the acre of land, as in this ray will abousaid by
mee giuen. Then my son Thomas shall pay to my said Son Samuell
six pound in currant Newengl : siluer mony or ten pound in Currant
pay. Also I giue to my Sonne Thomas Lowle all my Plumb Hand
Lott of Marsh Land, and six acres of my eight acres of salt Marsh
at the old Towne marsh, also I giue to him the other halfe of my free-
hold or preuiledg in Comoning or Comon lands. And after my wiues
decease, I giue all my houshold goods, & moueables : of what kind
soeuer within or without doores, to be equally diuided between my
two sons Perciuall Lowle & Thomas Lowle or their heires, also I giue
all my liueing stock of Cattell to my Son Tho : Lowle Also I giue
liberty to my Sonne Thomas Lowle to liue in the house & to liaue
the sixt part of the Apples yearly so long as he Hues a single man
without a wife and no longer, and I giue a booke called m'' Hookers
politic vnto Anthony Somerby, my debts & funerall being discharged
by my executrix, I do hereby declare this to be my last will &
Testament Renownceing & makeing Null all former wills by mee
made & herevnto I set my hand & scale June 25"' 1681
signed & sealed in gsence of Richard Lowle Seal
Proved 26 September 1682.
The 15^^ 12*^ month 1642
I desire to comend my soule into the hands of the Lord Jesus
Christ, I desire my goods may be equally divided to my wife & all
my children, only my sonne John Roffe must have the house & lands
more then all the rest of my children and that their porcoiis shalbe
divided when they be 2 1 yeares of age if they marry not before In
case my wife dye or marry then the goods shalbe divided; otherwise
not till my eldest childe come to be 21 yeares of age But still to
remayne in their mothers hands with the rest till that either of them
are 21 yeares of age or marry If any of my children dye then that
porcon shalbe equally divided betweene my wife & the rest of ray
children I doe give vnto my wife one great brasse pott and one
great brasse pann and a great brasse posnett and a chafingdish and
five pewter platters I doe give vnto my Kinsman Thomas Whittear
a swarme of bees. I desire my brother John Roffe and my Cosen
John Saunders of Sallisbery and William Moudy of Newberry to
oversee my will & order it to my desire & accordinge to my will
Witncs herevnto I set my hand
Thomas Hale Henry Roffe.
This will was proved in Ipswich Court 28*" first mo: 1643.
Henry Largin of Charlstowne* house of Thomas
Blanchan] on n wlicre widdow noiiour Rolfe lay
berry lay sick, shoe did declare h
be; that her sonne Beiiiamin Rolfe should haue the sub-
stance of her estate, which was her owne & jDg estate, & that
he should be her sole Executor. Only she gaue these gticulers
as followeth, her bedding & clothes linnen and woollen she gaue to
be equally deuided betwixt her two daughters. Also slice gaue
twenty shillings a piece to her foure grand children to be giuen them
five yeares after her death. Also one little Cowc she gaue to her
Daughter yt Hues at Newberry. Also of foure pceces of Brasse shee
gaue two to her sonne Beniamin, which he should Choose, & to each
of her daughters one. The rest she gaue to her sonne Beniamine,
saucing two pewter platters which she gaue to each of her daughters
one, & further shee exprest her mind about a Barne that is built vpon
gt of her sonne Beniamins ground, she gaue to her sonne John Rolfe
all her interest in the ground that the Barne stood vpon. this is the
substance of her expression as farr as he can remember
memorandum that gt of the 22 the whole 23. 24 & gt of y*' 25 lines
were blotted out
Taken vpon oath by the said Henry Largin this 20-12-1650.
who further saitli that the said Honor Rolfe was of a disposeiug
memory before me Ri. Belliugham.
The Testymoney of George Vaijhan Aged abought 23 yeares Con-
cernin<r tlie last will of Houo"^ Rolfe widdow deceased: 19"^ of 10'"
This Deponent saith that himselfe being in p'"sence together with
Henry Largin some two daies before the death of the aboue said
testator, he heard her make this her last will in maner following.
Inprimis 8he bequeathed all her estate in generall to her yongest
Sonne Beniamine Rolfe onely excepted these gticulers which follow:
Item to her foure Grand Children she gaue twenty shillings apcec,
to be paid them foure or tiue yeare after that time, Item all her Right
in halfe an acre of Ground on which the Barne stands and a yonge
sowe she gaue to her sonne John Rolfe :
Item a little Cowe that she had she gaue to her daughter Hanah
Item all her weareing Cloathes & bedding she gaue to be equally
deuided betweene her two Daughters Anna and Hanah : these
gticulers aboue said this deponent tooke spetiall notice of; & further
he saith not : only a day after her sonne in lawe Richard Dole comeing
to her desired this Deponent to Aske her what she would doe with
* The blank spaces show that a corner of the original paper was burnt off.
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the three pounds ten shillings in England, & shee Answered that she
would that her sonne Beniamine should haue a sute of Cloathes out
of it, & the rest he should haue meaning her said sonne in Lawe
The word Beniamine enterlined.
Taken upon oath this 20'^ of the 12^'' m'' 1650 before me William
The Court vpon the Testimonyes of George Vaughan & Henry
Largin of Charles towne as fare as there Testimonys doe agree is
the will & Testam* of Honour Rofe & by them gued in the Court
held at Ipswich the 30**^ of (7) 1651.
By me Robert Lord Cleric.
M" Katherine Coytmore.
The last will & testament of Katherin Coytemoore widdow dwell-
ing in Charlestowne in New England, written y'^ thirtieth day of y^
second moneth one thousand sixe hundred tifty & eight.
I Katherin Coytmoore of Charlestowne aforesaid doe heerby make
this my last will & testam* in manner & forme as followes ; being
at p''sent in health of body & minde.
Inp: I comend my soule to God, & my body I comend to my
children & friends to be decently buried.
It : I give & bequeath vnto y*" fower children of my sonne Will
Ting of Boston, (formerly deceased) vid. Elizab; Anna, Bethia &
Mercy Ting Two hundred pounds, w'='' said two hundred pounds I
formerly delivered into their father Wilt Tings hands, as will appeare
by a bond vnder his hand in my custody.
It: I give & bequeath vnto these fower vid Eliza15; Anna,
Bethia & Mercy Ting a house & an orchard & other ground by it
scituat & being in y*' Neecke of land at Charlestowne and adioyn-
ing to y° Ferry w*^'^ passeth over to Maulden, likewise tenn acres of
land more or lesse lying at Menatomyes, & a parcell of medow
lying at Wormewoods poynt; all w'^'' house & land aforesaid were
once y*^ possession of M'' Abr : Palmer.
It : I give & bequeath vnto y° said Eliza'b, Anna, Bethia &
Mercy Ting my eight part of y^ mill w'^'' Jn° Fownell houlds in
Charlestowne, as alsoe three Cow Comons.
It : I give & bequeath vnto ElizaTj. Ting two Persia Carpetts &
a boxe of East India dishes, & two fayre window Cushins.
It: I give & bequeath vnto Anna Ting my red sattin Quilt, my
Turky Carpett, & my great lookeing glasse, a screetore, & a boxe of
It : I give & bequeath vnto Bethia Ting my needleworke cloth
Carpett, and a boxe of East India dishes, & y® Court Cubbert cloth
10 EARLY WILLS.
It: I give & bequeath vnto Mercy Ting my Pantadoe Quilt, as
alsoe a payre of my best Curta3'nes & valiants.
It: I giue & bequeath to y'' fiue children of ray sonne Increase
Nowell, vid: Samuel, Mehetabell, Increase, Mary, & Alexander;
& to y" fiue children of my daughter Katherin Graves, vid Thomas,
Nathaniel, Joseph, Rebccka & Susana Graves, one dwelling house
lately inhabited by my selfe, now inhabited by M"" Tho : Shepheard
iieer to y" meeting house in Charlestowne; concerning w'^'' house &
ground therto belonging it is my will y* it shall be sould by my
Executrixes, & y* produce therof to be equally dcvided by my
Executrixes to y'^ five children of my sonne Increase Nowell, &
y* five children of my daughter Katherin Graves above mentioned.
It: I give & bequeath to my grandchilde Sarah Williams,* all
my land w'^'' y*^ Towne of Charlestowne hath given me lying &
being at Woborne, & at Misticke side, as alsoe fower pounds in
It : I give & bequeath vnto y<= Pasto"" of y'' Ch : of Charlestowne
M"" Zach : Symes y'^ sume of fiue pounds.
It : I give & bequeath to Margarett Hutchison twenty shillings.
It : I giue & bequeath to Widow Nash twenty shills.
It : I giue & bequeath to Ann y*' wife of Tho : Carter twenty shilts.
It: I giue & bequeath to Deacon Rob: Hale all such portions
of land as were given out to me on Maulden side in y® yeare one
thousand sixe hundred fifty & eight, together w*'' forty shitls & desyre
y' he would performe y'' olfice of overseer to this my will.
It : I give & bequeath vnto ElizaTj, Anna, Bethia & Mercy the
Children of Will Ting [Blank in the original.]
It : my will is y' all y*" legacies before mentioned, shall be re-
served & kept in my Executrixes hands a full halfe yeare after
my decease, & then to be payd by them.
But if any person or persons to whome I have bequeathed any
thingo as before mentioned, be not contented w"' my last will &
y« perticulers therein bequeathed, but shall causelessly molest, trou-
ble, vex or cause to be troubled either of my two Executrixes, or
any of their heyres, Executors, administrators, or Assignes, then I
doe recall from any such soe doeing, my former guift or gifts, & I
only bequeath vnto him or her soe molesting as abovesaid fiue shills
out of my whole estate & noe more.
And I doe appoynt & ordayne my two daughters ParncU Nowell
& Katherin Graves to be my sole Executrices of this my last will &
Testam* to both w"^" I doe bequeath y" rest of my vubequeathed
It: To Martha Cogin widow of M' Jn" Cogin I give one silver
• This was probably the daughter of Parnel Nowell by her first husband Parker.
Signed, sealed & witnessed in y^ pres-
ence of vs whose names are heervnto
subscribed this 30*^ day of y^ second
raoneth in y® yeare of o"^ Lord one
thousand sixe hundred fifty & eight.
Proved 27 December 1659.
In the name of God amen I Tristram Coffin of Newbury In the
Countey of Essex Masachusett provans New england I being sensa-
bell of my owne martallity and at this time of a desposing mind dow
mak this as my last Will and testament coraiting my Sole to God In
and tharow the marrits of Jesus Christ and my boody to the dust in
hops of a joyfull Resuarection and as for my wourldly goods which
God hath geuen me I despose of them as folloeth
1. I dou hear by ordar and appoyent my sou Nathanuel Coffin to
take spesshall care of my wife his mothar to prouid for har in all
Respectes duoring har life all things nessesary for har comfortabell
being both In sicknis and in heleth.
2. My Will is and I dou hear by geue to my son James Coffin to
him his heirs and assigns the hous he now leuith in and tlie shop the
two barns next his hous and on half of the pastuor land ajoyning
Including his orchard as part of it that side next maiar March is land,
soo much frunt as from March is land to half way the Cow yeard
betwen the Barns : as allso all tiie plowland I bouft of John Long and
Shuball: to In loy the 3 acres and a half with in one year aftar my
death and tou partes of fieue of all coman priviligis. In the twons
comans: and the one half part of my orchard and pastuor land at
Trotters bridg: and one half of the meddow I bouft of Parsifill Lowle:
and fower acres of that meddow ajoyning to deacon Colin Noys all
the leneght of the medow of equall bredth at both ends : and seuen
acres of meddo at Jeryco which I bouft of Mr Dole and a lot of
meddo at Plumb Hand which I bouft of Richard Jackman. and the
othar pece of meddow wliich I bouft of Jackman, at ould twon : and
and the seven acres of meddow at Salesbury beach : and two partes
of tieue of my free hold lots : and one half of the woudland I bouft
of Edmon Moores and one theird part of the Rate lot I bouft of
Joseph Plumer and one halfe of the Rate lot at John Emoris Med-
dow: Including that .6. acres which the Comety grantid him to be
part of it and one halfe of the woud lot lately laid out which joynitL
to Richard Browns lot. and docktar Topans : and all that lot of up-
land which lieth in Salesbury. which I bouft of M"" Bayley all wais
prouidid that my son James Coffin pay to his brothar Nathanuell
Coffin fortey sliillins a year duaring his mothars life to be paid In
or as money far liar supply.
^ 3 My will is and I dow geue to my son Stephen Coffin to liim
his heirs and assigns all my housing and upland and meddows with
pi-iviligis of Comnian Reights belonging to me in hauorhill. and all my
meddo within the bounds of M'' Hookes farme. and all my meddow at
Plumb Hand at the North end of the Hand callid the hundrid acres:
and one fifte part of Comman Reights in Newbury : and one lift part
of my free hould lotes. and one theird part of the Rate lot I bouft of
Joseph Plumer. he paiing to his son Tristram fieue pounds
4 My will is I geue to my son Petar Coffin to him his heirs and
assigns for euer the farm atglostar with the Hand and all priuiligis
in Coman within the tuon ship of glostar the which I have geuen him
a deed of: and I geve him six shillins and I dou hear by ordar my
said son Petar Coffin : to pay to his brothar Nathanuell Coffin all
that Is due to me from him ethar by book l)ill. or bond : and the 6"»
a year that my wife should rescue of him anually. duoring har
natural life becas my son Nathanuell must provid for his mothar.
5: My will Is and I dou geue to my son Nathanuel Coffin to
him. his heirs and assigns my now dwelling hous with my barnes
and pastuor land a joyning and archards so much frunt as from
Richard Browns land to half way the cow yeard : betwen the barns :
and two partes of fieue of all Coman Reights in Newbury and all my
Plowland a joyning to Josepli Downers land : and the one half of my
archard and pastuar land at Trotters bridg and one half of the wood
land I bouft of Edmon Moore: and the one halfe of my Rate lot at
Emaris meddow: Including my son Jamses is .6. acres as part of it:
and the one theird part of the Rate lot I bouft of Joseph Plumer. and
2 parts of fieue of my free howld lots : and that Rat lot that I bouft
of Hugli March and Hains. by John Browns uper hous ajoyning to the
land Petar Coffin bouft of John Bartlet and all my medow at littell
Pin Hand, and all the .6. acres I bouft of Nath Badger, and all the
medow. bouft of the longs fl of Danil OsoUoway : ecsepting the .4.
acres geuen to James : and half the medow I l)ouft of Parsifell Lowle:
and all the medow at JcRccow one the north east sid of the creek,
and fower lots at Pliunb Hand of mcddo: Whelars lot and Smith .2.
lots and Grenlef lot : and the one halfe of the woud lot lately laid out
liing betwen Richard Browns and dockter Toppans : as allso all my
howhowld goods and cattell and shep : and swine and harsis and all
othar things belonging to me and all my debtes due to me by book
bills ad bonds or othar wise.
6. My will is I geue to my grand son Tristram Sambron : fower
pounds to be paid to him by his fathar out of the money I lent him
to by meddow with, and the Remaindar I geue to my daftar Judeth.
7 Itam I geue to my daftar Deborah Knight 5^ and : twelf walnot
trese : In that land I bouft of Edman Moores : ad to har son Tristram
Knight a cowe.
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8 I geue to my daftar Marey Littel 5^ ad to bar son Tristram
Littel a cow and .2. Shep :
9 : I geue to my daftar Lidea Pike : 5^ :
10. I geue to my grand daftar Marey Littell a fethar bed and
bostar and pillo. and apar of blinkits and 2 couer leds and 2 pare of
11. my will is and I dou hear by appoyent my son Nathanuell
Coffin to be the executar of this my will to pay all my honist deptes
and to reseue all my debtes. and to par forme the legissis according
to this ray will and to take speshall care of his mothar In har age
and I dou Renouns all formar wils by me made ad declar this to be
my last will as witnis my hand and sail this .12. dy of May 1703 ad
in the Second year of the Reign of our Souerin lady Quen Ann of
Signid Selid ad ownid in the presens of
Rich'''^ Brown jun"" Teistram COFPIN
Nicolas Pettingell Seal
Proved 23 February 1704.
Because I know not ye day of my death I make this my last will
& testament I bequeath my bodye to y'' Earth & my Soule to god y'
gave itt In hope of a blessed Resurrection.
1. I Give to my eldest sone Stephen Greenleif y*^ one halfe of
my house Lott that half next him, he making all y*' ffence that
lyeth against his owne land, I give him also ray share of y° Island
that wee bought betwixt vs of Ephraira Winslowe of Salisbury with
two acres of y" meadow below y*' Island next Caleb Moodyes Mea-
dow Provided y*. there bee liberty for Edmund to make a fFence a
Crosse y^ Island from my ditche to Docf Dole his Ditche, And w"
wood may bee upon y*^ Island may bee vsed to repaire y® flfence, And
y* my sone Stephen w"' his brother Edmund & Caleb Moody y* is
Engaged do y'' proportion of y*^ ffence to secure their meadow.
2ndiy J gj^g |.Q j^y gQ~g JqJjq Grecnlcif besides w" he hath already
had my ffreehold lott, att plum Island, he paying to his sister Mary
five pounds in paye when she shall bee married or att Eighteen
years of age.
3<iiy I giye to my sone Sam" Greenleif besides y^ living he hath
by deed of gift, five sheepe & all my waring Clothes.
4thiy J giyg jjjjy gQ^Q Tristram that living att Hartychoake y^
ffreehold lott w*'' the housing & ffences to itt, & y*' two River
Lotts of Saltmarsh att fox Island, He paying to his sister Mary five
pounds in pay, when she shall be married or att eighteen years of Age.
5thiy I g[yQ jjiy jjg^j-Q Lq^j; ^0 bc cqualy divided between Jn° Sam"
14 EARLY WILLS.
Tristram & Edmund as equally as they can, they drawing Letts for
y"" shares, And y"^ Rate Lett I bought of Benj" Gutridge, I give to my
sone Stephen, I doe Apoint also my sofie Stephen to pay unto his
sister Mary three score pounds in pay & ten pounds in money withia
two years after she shall bee eighteen years of age or Marriage.
gthiy I giuQ tQ niy sofie Stephen y^ Chafer, To Daughter Dole y*
brass pot or y"^ litlc Iron Kettle w'^ she will, And ye little silver
Cup in my Cupboard and one Sheep ; And I doe hereby ownc that I
gave him y® meadow att Salisbury next Major Pikes pasture, that he
should have had a deed of gift of. I give to my daughf Noyce my
great platter, & y*^ silver wine Cup to her daughter Elizabeth, I give
y*^ Coaker Nutt Cup to my sofie Stephen.
'jthiy I gjyg ^Q jjjy gQ^Q Edmund Greenleif y" Rest of my estate,
Housing, Land, & meadow, fence, stocke & houshold stuff & tooles,
he paying to his sister Mary Swett Eight pounds in pay, assoone as
she shall be married.
Lastly. Li Case my sone Edmund Greenleif should dye w"" out
Issue Lawfully begotten of his owne bodye Then all w*^^ I have in
this my will given to him I give unto my sofie Stephen Grceiileife
viz : Houses Lands &c as before mentioned. He paying to y" Rest of
his brothers & sisters y" surviving proportionable y^ vallew w" itt
may bee valued att, by two indifferent men. Reserving to himself &
Mary w'^^ I freely give three parts or shares of y" s*^ Edmunds
I Appoint my sone Edmund Greenleife to be my Sole Execute'' &
Caleb Moody & W" Titcombe to see this my will performed as over-
seers of y** same. My desire is y* my well beloved wife shall live
w*^ my sofie Edmund, butt if in Case my wife should see good to
Remove & live other where, then Edmund shall pay to his Mother
foure pounds a yeare or else she to have y'' thirds of y*^ Land ; And
further in Case my sofie Tristram dye w"'out Issue Lawfully begottea
of his owne body, then y" one half of y*^ Vallew of y*^ land given him
by mee, to bee to his widdowe & y** other half to be divided Equaly
amongst y® Rest of y" children In full testimony that this is my Last
Will & testament I haue hereunto putt my hand & Scale this 5"' day
of august 1G90.
Stephen Grenlefe Seal
This was published to bee y" last
Will & testament of Capt Stephen
Greenleif sen"" & signed & sealed
in p''sence of
Bcnj'' Gerrish in p'sence of us
Proved 25 November 1690.
EAELT WILLS. 15
In the name of God and by his Assistance I Henry Jaques of
Newbury do humbly comit my soule body & spirit both in life and
death into the everlasting arms of God All sufficient my Heavenly
ffather and to Jesus Christ my alone Saviour & Blessed Redeemer
through y*^ Power & Presents of his Eternall Spirit my body to y^
earth whence its origenall was taken in hope of an Happy & Glori-
ous Resurrection in y^ Great day of the man Christ Jesus to whome
be Glory forever. Amen.
And for such Good things of this world as it hath pleased God in
this my Pilgrimage to comitt to my Stuardship I (as much as in me
is) dispose as is heerafter expressed —
Imp^ I Give to An my dear & loving wife the one half of my dwel-
ling house & one half of the Great Celler & one third part of my
orchyard w**' ten Rods of sutable ground for a Garden to be kept
sufficiently fenced as also fire wood sufficient for her use to be ready
cutt and brought to the dore for her as also two cows out of my
stock at her choice to be wintered and sumered for her, together w"*
the bed in the parlor with all the ffurniture belonging to the same all
which she shall be seised of imediatly after my decease & to be
performed by my execuf heerafter named together w"' a liberty of
keeping two swine as also she shall have a horse & man provided by
my s"^ executor to carry her to Meeting or otherwise as she shall
have occasion all which my s'^ wife shall injoy during her widdow-
hood, as also six pounds p'' Anum to be yearly paid by my execuf
during her naturall life ; As also one half of all my houshold goods
to be for her use during her naturall life & then to be disposed of
by her among her children as she shall se cause. But if she shall se
cause to live w"' my execuf he providing all things necessary for her
then that shall be in leiv of y** payments afore mentioned all, w^"* is
in leiv of her thirds.
Item. To my son Daniell Jaquis I Give all that my Land in
Bradford & Rowley that I formerly bought of Cap* Walker of Brad-
ford, both upland & meadow together w'^ all the priveledges &
appurtenances thereunto be belonging, as also all my house & land
in Almsbury w'='' I Bought of Richard Currier & John Girapson w**^
all y® priviledges belonging thereunto Also all my Right in the Saw
mill there w*'^ all y^ priviledges therof. Also that sixty Acres of
land be it more or less w'^^ I bought of Robert Jones of Almsbury &
lying in Almsbury w**^ all y*^ priviledges therof also all that peice of
salt marish in plumb Hand lying in the Hundred acres, being five or
six Acres be it more or less, Also one of my divisions in y'= six
thousand Acres in the upper comons in Newbury either that w'^'^
shall fall to me by my fifreehold or that w*^'' will fall to me by M""
Ricliardsons Rate of Ano 1685 which he shall choose, but if the said
comons be not divided by the rule that is now proposed, then he
IG EARLY WILLS.
shall have tlie one half of what shall fall to me by my freehold or
otherwise in any other division that shall be made in time to come
in the s*^ Six thousand Acres all w"^*" I give to him my son Daniell
Jaquis and to his heyrs & Assignes forever.
Item. To my Daughter Mary the wife of Richard Browne I Give
twenty pounds to be paid by my executor out of my stock within one
year after my decease; Besids what I formerly gave her.
Item. To my Daughter Haiiah the wife of Ephraim Plumcr having
formerly given her, her portion I do now give her forty Shillings
more to be paid by my Executor.
Item. To my Daugiiter Sarah the wife of John Hale I give five-
teene povnds besids what I have formerly Given her to be paid by
Item. To my daughter Elisabeth I give fifty povnds to be paid by
my executor within two years after her Mariage or when she shall
attaine unto the age of twenty one years but if she should dye before
the said portion is payable leaving no child that then the said por-
tion shall be equally divided aiuong her surviuing brothers & sisters.
Item. To my Daughter Ruth I give flfifty Pounds to be paid by
my executor w"' in two years aftar her Marriage or when she shall
attaine unto the Age of Twenty one years but if she should dye
before her said Portion is dew leaving no child that than her s^
Portion shall be equally apportioned among her surviving Brothers
Item. To my daughter Ablgaell I give fifty pounds to be paid by
my executor within two years after her Mariage or when she shall
attaine unto the age of Twenty years but if she should dye before
her s^ Portion be dew that then it shall be equally divided among
her surviuing brothers & sisters Provided she leave no child
Item. i\Iy Will is that for my Grand-son Henry the son of my
Son Henry Jaquis (deceased) that he shall at the charge of my
executor be maintained & kept at schoole untill he can read and
write well and cast account sufficiently for comon uses & then to
be bound Apprentice to Som Trade And when he shall attaine
vnto the age of twenty one years he shall be paid by my executor
the sum of fiveteen pounds but if my s*^ Grand-son shall dye before
y"^ s** Legacy be payable then it shall be equally divided among my
Item. And ffor my estate Lying in Woodbridg Towne in the
Province of East-Newjersy my will is that it shall be divided Among
the three sons of my Son Henry Jaquis Late of Woodbridg towne
(deceased) to his Eldest son a duble share.
Item. To my Grand-son Richard y*^ son of my son Richard Jaquis
(deceased) I give the sum of fifty povnds to be paid by my executor
when he shall attaine unto the age of twenty one years but if he y®
s*^ Richard should dye before y'= s^ Legacy be payable that then y®
s^ legasy shall be equally divided among my surviving children.
EARLr WILLS. 17
Farther. I do heerby make and appoint my Son Stephen Jaquis
to be my trve and lawfull Heyre and do accordingly give & bequeth
unto him all my housing & Lands & fifreehold w'*" all my Goods &
chattells together w**^ all those debts that now are or heerafter may
appeere to be dew unto me by bill Bond or otherwise together with
all those libertyes & priviledges that I have or heerafter may appeer
to be my right (excepting alwayes such gifts & Legacies which are
in this my last will & Testament contained) all other my housing &
land both upland & meadow I do give to him my s** Son Stephen
Jaquis as is above expressed to him & his heyres forever But if my
s*^ Son Stephen shall dye leaving no Heyr of his body Lawfully be-
gotten that then my said housing & lands shall be and remaine to
my son Daniell Jaquis to him & his heyrs forever. And if my son
Daniell should dye leaving no Heyr Male of his body Lawfully be-
gotten then my said housing and lands shall be and remaine to my
Grand-Son Richard Jaquis aforenamed to him & his heyrs forever
and if he should dye Leaving no heyre of his body lawfully begotten,
then my sd housing & Lands to be & Remaine unto y*" Heyre Male
of my family fiforever.
Item, My Will is that wheras Jasper my Indian hath been a
good Servant to me my will is that he shall serve my executor well
& faithfully Six years after my decease & y* then he shall have his
freedom being by my executor set at liberty & I do heerby will &
appoint him to do it.
Farther I do Appoint my son Stephen Jaquis to be the executor
of this my last Will & Testament my Lawfull debts & funerall
charges to be by him paid & discharged.
Lastly I do desire & appoint my christian freinds Cap* Thomas
Noyes & M'' Moses Gerrish to be overseers of the dew performance
of this my last will & Testament heerby Willing & requiring my
executor to satisfy for what time & paines they shall spend therin.
In Wittuess of all & singuler y*^ premesis as my last Will & Testa-
ment I have heerunto set my hand & Scale this thirtieth of October
one thousand six hundred eighty & six
memorandum before the sealing & wittnessing hereof I declare my
will is y* wheras I have given my wife in this my last will six pounds
p'' Aiium during her naturall life my will is that it should be paid
to her by my executer in three bush : of wheat & y*^ rest of it one
half in english graine & y® other half in Indian corne.
Henry Jaques Seal
Signed Sealed and declared
in y*^ presens of us
Proved 8 March 1687.
18 early wills.
In the name of God & by his Assistance I Richard Dole sen"" of
Newbury in the County of Essex in the province of the Massacliusetts
Bay in New Eiisjland Do Humbly couiitt my Soulc Body and Spirit
both in life and Death into the everlastinjr Arms of God all sufficient
my Heavenly flfather and unto Jesus christ my alone Saviour and
Blessed Redeemer thru' tlie Power and presents of his eternall Spirit,
my Body to the Earth whence its origenall was Taken, in Hope of a
Happy and Glorious Resurection in Great Day of the man Christ
Jesus to him be Glory both now & ever Amen.
And for such Good tilings of this world as God iiath been pleased
in this my Pilgrimage to Comitt to my Stuardship, I as much as in
me is do dispose as is heerafter expressed.
Imp I Give to Patience my Deare & loving wife (besides what
I Promised her uppon our Mariage by a writing under my hand &
seale bearing Date Octob"^ 29th 1690 acknowledged by me before
the Worshipf" Nathani" Saltingstall Esq') I Do now give her the
use of the I3ed & Bedding together w"' all other the furniture that I
shall leave in my Parlour during the time that she remaines my
Widow, As also eight cord of wood p"" Anum to be brought & laid
convenient to the house by the charg of my execufs heerafter named
during the Time afore sd, Also I give her my now Riding Horse, and
my Bridle, sadle and Pilion, and also two Cows at her owne choyce
& also two shoates which I giue to my said wife flfreely foreuer, the
said Cows & horse to be wintered and sumered by the charts of my
execufs during my wives remaining my widow but if the Horse or
Cows should faile thru age from being servisable my wife shall be
supplyed by my Execufs w^'' such which shall be good & servisable
at my execufs charge. Also I give my sd wife two Rods square of
Ground neer my now dwelling house for a Garden where shee shall
choose to be fencd well and so to be maintained at the charg of my
execut", and so to remaine unto her during her being my Widow,
flfarther I glue to my said wife six Bushills of good winter Apples
yearly and a Hogshead to Putt them into, and one Barrell of Sider
yearly, also I give her the use of all the Glasses and Galle-potts in
my cubbord, Also a good peice of land sufficient to sow half a Peck
of flax-seed yearly out of my owne land at her owne choyce all which
shee shall enjoy during her being my widow, Also I give to her my
said wife ffreely for Euer twenty pounds of Good cotten wooll &
twenty pounds of Good fflax teer & thirty pounds of Good sheeps
wooll, Also the liiien wheele that she useth to spin on, also one good
Cotton wheele & a peir of good Cards, also one p"" of sheets & one
Blanket also a fyre pan & warming Pan, Also twenty Bushills of
Good indian Corne, and four Bushills of Rye and two Bushills of
wheat & half a Barrell of my Pork & half a Barrell of Beife and
twenty shillings in Mony, and four Bushills of Malt and a good Sack,
EARLY WILLS. 19
also my Trunk also two Ews and two Lambs, all which to be de-
livered to her by my executors Imediatly after my Death together
with one fifth part of all my household goods, Also I give to my said
wife the use of my Still during her widdowhood as also the use of
that Roome usualy called the shopp during her remaining my widow
shee being at the charg to make away into the same.
l?e To the Heyrs of my son John Dole late of Newbury deceased
besides what I have formerly Given him by Deed of gift, I Do now
give him al the rest of the Housing & lands, wharffs and ware house
wher they now dwell belonging to me that were not mentioned in
said Deed of Gift, together w'"^ the other half of the pasture neer
Peter Godfrys land w"^ the other half of the meadow at Salisbury
bought by me of Mr Sanders : and the other half of Rings Hand
the one half of which parcells of land housing & wharfs I formerly
gave him as in my Deed to him more at larg may appeer, also I give
to them Sixteen acres of land lying uppon an Iland against Haver-
hill in Merrimack River be it more or less Purchased of Robert
Clement & others also five comonages in Haverhill Purchased of
Joseph Davis, also my Rights in tlie Playnes of Haverhill Purchased
of Robert Clement, Also my Great Bible, Also my ffouling Peice and
musquet that are now in theyr hands, also my negro Boy named Tom,
and this shall be the Ballance of all accounts that ever hath been
between my said son John Dole & myself Farther my will is that
my Daughter in law the widow of my said son John Dole viz m''s
Mary Dole shall haue the possession & improvement of all the aboue
mentioned Housing and lands & the rest During her remaining my
said sons widow.
l?e. To my son Richard Dole besides what I have formerly given
him by Deed of Gift I giue him eight acres of meadow or marsh be
it more or less which was formerly Granted by the Towne of New-
bury to Henry Rolfe and by me purchassed of John Rolfe which said
Marsh Joyneth to the ends of the four acre lotts and is Bounded
westerly By a great creeke Also I give him one eighth part of my
upland & meadow or marsh on plumb Iland lying in Newbury &
Rowley Bounds, he renouncing that parcell of upland & meadow in
plumb Iland mentioned in his Deed of gift, ffarther I give him Pastur-
ring for three cows and one horse in my pasture as now it is to him
& his heyrs for ever He and his bearing a proportionable share in
fencing and Trenching the said Pasture as there shall be need. Also
I give to him what is Due from him to me uppon my Booke being
about sixty or seaventy pounds. Also I giue him one half of my Bark
house & mill and of all my other Implements of Tailing, Also one
half of my Tan house and Tan-yard and Pitts w"' eighty Rods of
land, on the northerly side of the works to be laid out from the
Green to the Gutter so as may be most convenient for a Tailing
designe The one half of the said land that the Bark house pitts and
Tan house stands on to be part of the eighty Rods, with this Pro-
viso that ncitlier lie nor his shall haue liberty to sett up a dwelling
house on the said eighty Rods or any part therof nor shall any
person Dwell theriippon, But it shall be in his Liberty to haue his
diuision made & the eighty Rod to be laid out when he or his heyrs
pleses alwayes Reserving that peice of land knowne by the name of
the Grass platt to my Son William Dole & his heyrs for ever & for
my wife during her widowhood to n)ake use of. Also I give to my
said son Richard Dole one half of the hides and leather that belongs
to me in the Pitts or else where, Also I give him one third part of
my woodland in Dea-^ Noys his neck all this I giue to my said son
to him & his heyrs flforever w*'' this Proviso that neither he nor his
heyrs demand nothing of me nor my execufs for any work or Labour
done by him formerly about Taning, also I giue to him my said son
one iBfth part of all my houshold Goods, also one quarter of my hay
Boate also one third part of my vtinsills of Husbandry & of my
Ite. I Giue to my son William Dole & his heyrs forever my
Dwelling house that I now dwell in together w"> my Barnes & other
my out housing w"^ the lands that they now stand on w^'' the land
next adjacent both upland & meadow to the heads of the Letts w*^
my orchards theron & so to the River and the other end or side is
Bounded by an easterly line from Blumfeilds old house to the Heads
of the Letts, by a west line to the Greene together with fine Letts
four acres a Peice be they more or less viz Spencers Lott, flfrancklings
Lett, Nathani" Badgers Lott & two Letts knowne by tlie name of
Moodeys Letts together w**^ all the Rye field & land adjoyning to-
gether w^'' the Salt Marsh called the pasture excepting only the
eighteen acres at the lower end next to Eastons creek, Also I
giue him all the lands lying between the Letts & the Riuer Also
I giue him one third part of the Hands of fflatt belonging to
me in the Great Riuer, Also one quarter part of my upland and
marsh in plumb Hand lying p"y in Newbury and p">' in Rowley
Bounds, Also my Rate Lott lying on Bradford line, Also one half of
my Marsh knowne by the name of Jerecho Marsh Also my negro
Boy named Mingo, Also I giue him all the diuision or diuisions of
land that shall be laid out in the comons of Newbury to M"^ Edmund
Greenlefs freehold which was by me formerly purchassed, Also I giue
him one third pt of all my Implements & utinsills of Husbandry &
Tooles, also I giue him one tliird part of my wood land next Henry
Shorts pasture, and one third part of my ten acres of woodland in
Deac noyes his neck also one half of my llaye Boate, also one quarter
part of the hides & leather that Do belong to me in the Pitts or elce
whear also one fether Bedd, also one fifth part of all my household
Goods all which I Do giue to my son william Dole, excepting what
is before mentioned in this my last Will & Testament and otherwise
disposed of ffarther I giue to him my said son one half of that peice
of Marsh knowne by the name of the flfour acres all which I giue to
EARLY WILLS. 21
my said son William Dole (Reserving eight Rods of Ground out of
the land to him mentioned, for my son Abner Dole as is heerafter
5J lines cancelled as recorded post
IL To my son Abner Dole I giue the new house in which he now
dwells together w"' three four acre Lotts therunto adjoyning viz
Randols Lott and two Lotts which I Bought of Lieu* Pike Also
twelue acres of Salt Marsh adjoyning to the six acres which I gaue
my son Richard Dole which is at the Lower end of the Pasture next
Estons creek Also the third part of the Hands of fflatts belonging to
me in the Great River Also the half of my Marsh in Quantity &
Quality called Jericho Marsh Also the fourth part of upland & marsh
which I haue in Plumb Hand partly in Newbury & partly in Rowley
Bounds, Alwayes reserving at the upper ends of the Lotts aboue
given a way of three Rods broad for his Brother William & his heyrs
to pass and repass to and from his lands. Also I giue my said son
one third part of my woodland next unto Henry Shorts pasture,
Also my ffreehold purchase of Thomas Blumfield w"^ the priviledges
therunto belonging or that may arise therby also one third part of
my woodland lying in Deac Noyes his Neck, Also three acres & a
half of land comonly called Shorts Lott, Also one fifth part of all
my household Goods, Also two oxen, two Cows, and ten sheep & ten
lambs, Also Liberty to keep in my Pasture as my pasture now is three
Cows & one horse perpetualy to him & his heyrs for euer, Provided
he doth not fence perticulerly that land that he hath in the pasture,
and also that he make his proportion of fence to the pasture & do
his part at trenching as need may be Also I giue him one Quarter
part of all the Hides & leather that Do belong to me in the Pitts or
elce where. Farther I giue him one half of the Marsh knowne by the
name of the four acres. Also I giue him the fouling Peice that he
useth & a Musket, flfarther I giue him all the Debts that he hath or
shall make by shoe making except what he hath Done for his owne
Brothers which shall not be by him demanded of them, Also I giue
him eight Rods of Ground which I haue Reserved out of Williams
part where Henry Dole was wont to plant Cabedges all which I giue
to my said son Abner Dole to him & his heyrs for euer, Also I giue
to my said son one quarter part of my Hay Boate and one third part
of my Tooles & utinsills of Husbandry.
To my Daughter Hanah Moodey the wife of John Moodey besids
what I formerly gaue her I giue one eighth part of all my Land both
upland and Marsh in plumb Hand lying Partly in Newbury and
partly in Rowley bounds, also my ffreehold which I Bought of Capt
Nelson & Benjamin Lowle w**^ all the Priviledges that shall or may
arise therby all which I giue to her and her Heyrs for Euer, ffarther
I giue her one fifth part of all my household goods also one halfe of
all my plate also my negro maid named Lucy and this shall be in
22 EARLY WILLS.
ffull of her portion having refference to the agreement made w**"
John Moodcy before theyr Marriage.
Ite. To uiy Daughf Apphia Coffin the wife of Peter Coffin be-
sids what I haue formerly giiien her I now glue her one half of all
my plate and seven pounds in good payment to be paid by ray execufs
heerafter named which is in full of her portion.
I do farther giue to my two Daughfs aboue named viz Haiiah
Moodcy and Apphia Coffin five sheets viz 1 p' of Brins and three
linen sheets also nine diaper napkins and six I3rin3 napkins & nine
linen napkins & two p"' of pillow cases 1 p"" of Brins & the other p*"
of Hollands also four Towells & three Table cloaths one of Diaper
one of Calecho & one of Brins to be equally diuided between them
II. I giue to my daughf in Law Sarah Walker fine pounds as
mony in a good fether bed
Farther my Will is that wheras I haue provided in this my last
Will and Testament that my son Abner Dole shall not demand any
thing of his owne Brothers for shoes made by him for them in my
life time so my will is that his Brothers shall not demand any thing
of him for leather that he hath or may receive of them or me in my
Farther my will is that for my negro servant Grace that at my
death she shall haue her freedom if she will accept of it And for my
negro servant named Bctte my Will is that shee shall serve faithfully
and truly w*'' my son Abner Dole two years after my decease & then
she shall be flfree.
All the rest of my estate both Real and personall not disposed of
in this my last Will & Testament whither Debts dew to me by Bill
bond Booke or otherwise, or any other estate that may appeer to be
mine or due to me in Time to come My Will is that after my Debts
and funerall be discharged that the same and every part ther of be
equaly diuided among my three sons Richard Dole William Dole &
Farther I appoynt my three sons before named viz Richard Dole
William Dole and Abner Dole to be the execufs of this my last will
and Testament heerby revoaking all former Wills of mine.
Also I appoynt my christian ifreinds Coll Daniel Peirce Esq'
Tristram Coffin Esq'' and my Brother Benjamin Rolfe to be the over-
seers that this my last will & Testament be performed
Also my will is that if it should pleas God that I should Dye be-
tween seed time and Harvest that tiien my whole crop of corn both
English and Indian be equaly divided among my execut" they pay-
ing the Rates for the upland and housing for that year.
And for the provision that shall be left by me in the house shall
be equaly divided between Patience my Deer & loving wife and my
two sons William & Abner Dole.
And farther for the Annual payment that I am obliged to pay unto
EARLY WILLS. 23
Patience my dear and loving wife by obligation before our Mariage
my will is that it shall be paid by ray execut" Anualy some time in
the moneth of October
In Wittness to all and singuler the premises I the said Richard
Dole sen"" as my last will & Testament haue heer unto set my hand
& seale this twenty fifth day of March Aiio Domi one thousand six
hundred ninty & eight and in the tenth year of the Reigne of our
Sovereign Lord William the third by the Grace of God of England
Scotland flfrance & Ireland King defend"" of the fifaith & 'ca
Richard Dole Seal
Signed Sealed and
declared by m"^ Richard
Dole sen"" to be his last
Will & Testam* in presens of
Jn" Webster juni
Jona Than grele
memorandum that y® fiue last lines of y* parragraflf belonging to
William Dole in this will were cancelled by the desire & order of
the Testator on the fifteenth day of September Ano Domi 1699 in
presens of us wittnesses and the words (& his hejrs foreuer entered
in the first line of sd paragraf
Proved 30 July 1705.
The 24*'' of July Anno 1668. I William Brakenbury being weak
in body but sound of mind & of good remembrance praysed be God,
And being mindfuU of my disolucon doe make this my Last will &
testament in manner following, first I give my soul to God that gave it
in & through the Lord Jesus Christ my deare redeemer, And my body
to the earth after my decease to be decently interred therein : And
for my Temporall Estate which God hath given mee vpon serious
consideracons And different from my former Wills I doe dispose as
followeth : After my funerall charges & just debts paid, Imprimis
I give vnto my Grandsonne Isaack Foster Ten pounds to buy him
Item I give unto my Grandsonne John Ridgeway five pounds &
Item I give vnto my grandchild Alice Ridgeway five pounds And
a this yeares calfe & a ewe lamb.
24 EARLY WILLS.
Item I give vnto all the rest of my Grandchildren fiffty shillings
apcice all whicli Legacys my will is that they shall be paid within
halfo a ycare after my decease.
Item I give vnto Alice my wife one third part of all my Lands
And Goods for her comfortable support during her naturall life.
Item I give vnto my sonne Samuell And to my daughter Anne
Foster and her children And to my daughter Mary Ridgeway And
her children the other two parts of all my Lands And goods, to be
equally divided between them in thre equall parts : And if they
cannot Agre among themselves as to the devession my will is that
my overseers hereafter menconed shall devide the sayd two parts of
my Sayd Estate into thre equall parts And that my sonne Samuell
shall choose first which part he will haue : And my daughter Anne
Foster shall haue the second choyce and my daughter Mary Ridge-
way the third.
Item After my sd wifes deceas my will is that her third part of all
my lands & goods, or what remaines thereof, be equally divided
between my sonne Samuell my daughter Anne Foster And my
daugliter Mary Ridgeway as afforsd.
Item I give vnto my sonne in law William Foster And to my sonne
in law John Ridgeway fiffty shillings apeice.
Item I give to m'' Michall Wigglesworth And to m"^ Benja Bunker
And to my couzen Richard Brakenbury Ten shillings apeice.
And for the pformance of this my sd will I ordeyne & constitute
my sonne Samuell my Executor: And John Sprague Peeter Tufts
& Jolin Wayte my ouerseers to whomc I give five shillings apcice.
my true meaning is that my sonne Samuell my daughter Ann Foster
& my daughter Mary Ridgeway shall haue the produce of the two
third parts of all my estate during my wifes life, And after my sd
wifes deceas my whole estate shall then be equally divided between
my sonne Samuell my daughter Anne Foster And my daughter Mary
Ridgeway as afforsd, to be & rcmayne for ever to my sd sonne
Samuell, & to my daughter Anne Foster & her children &, to my
daughter Mary Ridgeway & her children. In wittnes wherof I haue
hereto sett my hand the day & year abovesd.
In psence of us William Brakexbury.
John Reyner jun""
Proved 21 September 1668.
In the name of God Amen the twelvetli day of March in the yeare
of our Lord according to the Coraputacon of the Church of England
one thousand six hundred seaventy and three AnnoqRegni Regis Car:
Secundi Angliae &c xxvj. I John Winslow seu"" of Boston in the
EARLY WILLS. 25
Countie of SufFolke in New England Merchant being weake of Body-
but of sound and perfect memory praysed be Almigl)ty God for the
same Knowing the uncertainety of this p^'esent life and being desirous
to settle that outward Estate that the lord hath lent me I doe make
this my last Will and testament in manner and forme following (that is
to say) flfirst and principally I comend ray soule to almighty God my
Creator hopeing to receive full pardon and remission of all my sins
and saluation through the merritts of Jesus Christ my Redeemer : And
my body to the Earth to be decently buryed with such charges as to the
ouerseers of this my last Will and Testament hereafter named shall be
thought meet and convenient And as touching such worldly Estate as
the lord hath Lent me my Will and meaneing is the same shall be
imployed and bestowed as hereafter in and by this my Will is Ex-
Inprimis I Doe revoake renounce and make voide all Wills by me
formerly made and declaire & appoint this my last Will and Testa-
Item. I Will that all the Debts that I justly owe at the time
of my decease to any person or persons whatsoever shall be well and
truely contented and paid in convenient time after my decease by my
Executo'' or overseers hereafter named. Item I giue and bequeath
unto my Deare and well beloved wife Mary Winslow the use of my
now dwelling house with the gardens and yards thereunto belonging for
and during the tearme of her naturall life. Item I give and bequeath
unto my said wife the use of all my household goods for her to dispose
of as she shall thinke meet. Item I give unto my said wife the sume
of ifoure hundred pounds in lawfull mony of New England to be
paid unto her by my Executo"^ or overseers hereafter named in con-
venient time after my decease. Item after the death of my said wife
Igiyeand bequeath my said dwellinghouse with all the Land belonging
to the same unto my sone John Winslow and to his heires for ever he
or they paying when they come to possesse & enjoy the same the
sume of fififty pounds of Lawfull mony of New England unto William
Payne the sone of my Daughter Sarah Meddlecott And also to Parnell
Winslow Daughter to my son Isaack Winslow the full sume of fBfty
pounds of like Lawfull mony : And my Will is that both the said sums
be paid into the hands of my overseers to be improved for them
untill they come to age or the day of Marriage with the full profitt
that they make of the same And in case either of the said Children dye
before they come of age or to marriage as aflforesaid : My will is that
the survivo"" of them shall then enjoy both the said sums : But in case
both of them should dye before they come to age: My Will is that
then the said suiiis shall be Equally divided amongst the Daughto''s of
my Daughtor Latham to be paid unto them as they come to age or
marriage as aiforesaid. Item my Will is that my Katch Speedwell
(whereof I am the sole owner) and the produce of the Cargo that I sent
out in her : be (at her returne to Boston) disposed of by my overseers
26 EARLY WILLS.
hereafter named and the neate produce thereof be Equally divided
amongst my Cliildren my sone John Winslow oncly Excepted and to
have no part thereof: Item I giue and bequeath unto my sone Benja-
min the full sume of one hundred pounds to be paid him by my
Executo'' or overseers hereafter named when he shall attaine the Age
of twenty one yeares. Item my Will is that if my sone Edward
Winslow shall see cause to relinquish his s'' part and intrest in the
s*^ Katch Speedwell and her proceeds : then my Will is that he shall
have one quarter part of my Katch John's Adventure unto his owne
proper use : And then the said Katch and Cargo to be Equally divided
among my other Children : my son John Excepted as alForesaid togather
with my sone Edward from haveing any part in the alforesaid Katch
or Cargo. Item I give and bequeath unto my grandchild Susanna
Latham the sume of thirty pounds in mony to be paid her at the day
of her marriage And to the rest of my Daughter Lathams Children I
give and bequeath unto Each of them live pound g peece to be paid
unto them as they shall come to age or the day of marriage. Item
I give and bequeath unto my sone Edward Winslows Children the
sume of five pounds g peece to be paid unto them as they shall come
to age or the Day of Marriage. Item I give and bequeath unto my
sone Edward Grey his children that he had by my Daughter Mary
Grey the sume of twenty pounds g peece to be paid unto them when
they come to age or the day of their respective marriages. Item I
give unto my sone Josei)h Winslow's two Children five pounds g
peece to be paid unto them as aflforesaid. Item I give unto my Grand-
child Mercy Harris her two Children five pounds apeece to be paid
unto them as aflforesaid. Item I give and bequeath unto ray Kinsman
Josiah Winslow now Governo'' of New Plimoth the sume of twenty
pounds to be paid unto him by my overseers in Goods : Item I give
unto my Brother Josiah Winslow the suuie of twenty pounds to be
paid unto him by my overseers in Goods: both in convenient time
after my decease. Item I give unto my kinswoman Eleano'' Baker
the Daughter of my Brother Kenelem Winslow fiue pounds to be
paid her in goods by my overseers in convenient time after my de-
cease. Item my will is that what my Estate shall amount unto more
then will pay funcrall Charges My Debts and Legacyes in this my will
given and bequeathed it siiall be divided (after the Decease of my said
wife) among my seaven Children in Equall proportions Except any
one of my said Children shall have any Extraordinary providence be-
fall them by way of any Eminent Losse then that })art of my Estate
tliat shall reniaine as alforesaid shall be divided & distributed accord-
ing to the prudence and discression of my overseers hereafter named
or any two of them : Item my will is that in case any of my now
children shall dye before my said wife that then his or their propor-
tion of the said remaineing Estate shall be disposed to his or their
Cliildren if they have any: if not, then that part or parts shall be
equally divided amongst the survivors of my said Children : Item I give
EARLY WILLS. 27
to M"" Paddyes Widdow five pounds as a token of ray love. Item
my will is that my Negro Girle Jane (after she hath served twenty
yeares from the date hereof shall be free : and that she shall serve ray
wife during her life and after ray wifes decease she shall be disposed of
according to the discression of ray overseers hereafter naraed or any
two of them : Item I doe nominate and appoint my sone John Winslow
the sole Execute^ of this my last Will and testament : Item I doe hereby
nominate & appoint my loveing ffriends M"^ Thomas Brattle M""
William Tailer and M"" John Winsley my Overseers to see this my will
performed so farr as they can : And I doe hereby give unto my said
Overseers five pounds apeece in mony as a token of ray love Itera
my will is that my said overseers or any two of them shall & hereby
have full power to make saile of any part of my vessell or vesells
that I have not hereby disposed of: And also any other goods wares
and merchandize for the bestadvantage of ray aiforesaid Children : And
better payra* of other Legacyes by me hereby given & bequeathed :
Item my will is that during the absence of my said Executo'' ray over-
seers above named or any two of them have full power to act in all
matters and things respecting this ray will as if he was personally
present: And farther ray Will is that ray said Executo*" shall not act in
any raatter or thing respecting this ray Will without the advice and
consent of my said overseers or two of them And that my Executo'"
shall not under any pretence whatsoever claime any raore of ray Es-
tate then I have hereby bequeathed hira. In Witnesse whereof I the
said John Winslow sen' have hereunto set ray hand & seale the
day and yeare first above written.
Signed sealed & published by John John Winslow Seal.
Winslow Sen"" as his last will & Testam*
in the presence of us
John Joy I i fie
John Hay ward scr.
Proved 31 July 1674.
In the name of God Amen the thirty first day of July in the yeare
of our Lord one thousand six hundred seventy and Six I Mary
Winslow of Boston in New England Widdow being weake of Body
but of sound and perfect memory praysed be almighty God for the
same Knowing the uncertainety of this present life and being desirous
to settle that outward Estate the Lord hath Lent raejdoe raake this ray
last Will and Testara' in manner and forme following (that is to say)
First and Principally I comend my soule into the hands of Almighty
God my Creato"" hopeing to receive full pardon and remission of all
my sins, and Salvation through the alone merrits of Jesus Christ my
redeemer: And my body to the Earth to be buried in Such Decent
28 EARLY WILLS.
manner as to my Executo"^ hereafter named shall be thought meet
and convenient and as touching such worldy Estate as the Lord hath
Lent me my Will and nieaneing is the same shall be imploycd and
bestowed as hereafter in and by this my Will is Exprest.
Imp'* I doe hereby revoake renounce and make voidc all Wills by me
formerly made and declaire and apoint this my last Will and Testam*
Item I will that all the Debts that I Justly owe to any manner of
person or persons whatsoever shall be well and truely paid or ordained
to l)e paid in convenient time after my decease by my Exccuto'
hereafter named. Item I give and bequeath unto ray sone John
Winslow my great square table. Item I give and bequeath unto my
Daughter Sarah Middlecott my Best gowne and Pettecoat and my
Silver beare bowle and to each of her children a Silver Cup with an
handle : Also I give unto my grandchild William Paine my Great silver
tankard : Item I give unto my Daughtor Susannah Latham my long
Table : six Joyned stooles and ray great Cupljoard a bedstead Bedd and
furniture there unto belonging that is in the Chamber over the roome
where I now Lye: my small Silver Tankard : six Silver Spoones, acase
of Bottles with all my wearing apparrell : (except onely what I have
herel)y bequeathed unto my Daughtor Meddlecott & my grandchild
Susanna Latham:) Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandchild
Ann Gray that trunke of Linning that I have alreddy delivered to
her and is in her possession : and also one Bedstead, Bedd, Boulster
and Pillows that are in the Chamber over the Hall: Also the suine
of ten pounds in mony to be paid unto her within six monthe's
next after my decease: Also my will is that my Execute'' shall pay
foure pounds in raony g ann for three yeares unto M^'* Tappin
out of the Intrest of my mony now in Goodman Cleare hands for
and towards the maintenance of the said Ann Gray according to my
agreem* with M'"'* Tappin : Item I give and bequeath unto Mary
Winslow Dau(!:htor of my sone Edward Winslow my largest Silver
Cupp with two handles : and unto Sarah Dauiihtor of the said Edward
my lesser Silver cupp with two handles : Also I give unto my said Sone
Edwards Cliildren six silver spoones to be divided between them:
Item I give and bequeath unto my grandchild Parnell Winslow the
sume of five pounds in mony to be improved by my Execute'" un-
till he come of age : and then paid unto him with the improvera' Item
I give & bequeath unto ray grandchild Chilton Latham the sume of
five pounds in mony to be imi)roved for him untill he come of Age
and tlien paid to him with the improvem' Item ray will is that
the rest of ray spoones be divided among my grand children accord-
ing to the discression of my Daughtor Middlecott: Item I give unto
my Grandchild Mercy Harris my White Rugg: Item I give unto
my Grandchild Mary Pollard forty shillings in mony. Item I ^ive
unto ray oriindchild Susannah Latham my Petty Coate with the Silke
Lace: Item I give unto Mary Winslow Daughter of ray sone Joseph
Winslow the suiiie of twenty pounds in mony to be paid out of
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the sume my said Sone Joseph now owes to be improved by my
ExecLito'" for the said Mary and paid unto her when she shall attaine
the Age of Eighteene yeares or day of marriage which of them shall
first happen. Item I give and bequeath the full remainder of my
Estate whatsoever it is or wheresoever it may be found unto my
children Namely John Winslow Edward Winslow Joseph Winslow
Samucll Winslow: Susannah Latham and Sarah Middlecott to be
equally divided betweene them. Item I doe hereby nominate con-
stitute authorize and appoint my trusty friend m'' William Tailer of
Boston aflfores'' merchant the Sole Executo'^ of this my last Will and
testam*; In Witness whereof I the said Mary Winslow have hereunto
set my hand and Scale the day and yeare first above written.
Signed Sealed & Memorandum I doe hereby also Give and
Published by the bequeath unto m"^ Thomas Thacher paster
above named Mary of the third Church in Boston the sume of
Winslow as her five pounds in mony to be pd in convenient
Last Will & time after my decease by my Executo'.
testam' in the
presence of us Mary "^ Winslow
after the adding her marke Seal
of foure lines as
part of her will.
firancis H Racket
John Hay ward scr.
Proved 11 July 1679.
The 23 of the 4:'"^ Month 1655.
I Increase Nowell of Charlestowne in New England planter
being of sound mind and memory (at this present blessed be God) do
make & ordaine this my last Will & Testam*.
First. I Commend my soule to Allmighty God my heavenly
Father who hath freely loved it, and given his Sonne to redeeme it
by shedding his precious blood that he might cleanse it.
2. Next I commit my body to y*" ground to be buried in a comely
manner if the Lord please.
3. Next my debts Legacies & funerall charges being paid I give
my wife a full third of my estate and ten pound over.
4. Next I give my mother Coitmore five pound a small token
of my love if living at my death.
5. Next my will is that my sonne Increase, his owne inclination
being to Sea, be brought vp a Seaman.
30 EAKLY WILLS.
6. Next my will is that my sonne Alexander if he incline to
learninf]f be brouojht up a Scholler, if y* estate be able to beare it,
& he prove towardly, & capable, if not in some other honest trade
as my Executo''s, & overseers thinke mectc.
7. My estate remaining after my debts <fe legacies are paid, my
will is to have it divided into Six parts of which Saumell to have two
parts, Increase, Alexander, Mehetabell, & Mary to have each one
part, if any of them dye before they come to age, or be married, the
survivor's to have the part belonging to them, my sonnes to have their
portions at twenty one yeares of age, or at their marriage with their
Mothers Consent which shall be first, my Daughters to have their
portions at twenty yeares of age, or at their marriage with their
Mothers Consent which shall be first.
9. Next I give to M"" Zachary Sims o"^ Pasto"^ of Charlestowne
10. Next I give to M"" John Wilson Pasto"" of Boston forty
11. Next I give to M'' John Green ruling Elder in Charlestowne
12. Next I give Ralph Mousall forty shillings.
13. Next I give to Robert Hale forty shillings.
Lastly I ordaine, & make my loving Wife Parnell No well, & my
Sonne Samuell Nowell my Executo''s, & Ralph Mousall & Robert
Hale my overseers of this my last will & Testam^ in wittnesse
whereof I have hereunto set my hand : this 23^'^ of y'' 4 M" 1655.
by mee Increase Nowell.
Proved 25 December 1655.
At a County Court held at Charlestowne.
M"" Zachery Simes Pasto"" of the Ch : at Charlestowne, and Sarah
the wife of Hugh Williams of Boston. Deposed in Court that the
above named Increase Nowell deceased being of sound Judgement
& good memory made this above written his last will & testam* to
their best knowledge & vnderstanding.
Thomas Danforth Recorder.
I William Johnson being weake in body but of sound memory
calling to mind my mortality do make this my last Will & testam*.
flfirst I coniitt my Soull to God who gave it mee, and my body to the
earth therein to be decently buryed after life departed. As for my
outward estate I dispose of as followeth, & that after my decease, I
do give unto my beloved wife Elizab : Johnson full pow"" to sell my
EARLY WILLS. 31
land on misticke side, lijng neere to the land of John Sergeant, and
my will is that my beloved wife shall pay to my sonne Joseph John-
son Twenty pounds of the first paym* for the land, and to pay to my
Sonne Jonathan Johnson Ten pounds of the first paym*, and that my
Sonne Jonathan Johnson shall receive of his Mother more ten pounds
of the last paym* for the land, and y*' rest of the pay for the land I
give it to my beloved wife. Item I do give to my daughf Elizat*.
Wiar my land at CamTjr : line conteyneing foure acc""^ more or less,
I give it her & her heyres for ever after my decease. It™. I do
give to my Grand Child Elizaft : Bacon six sheep & lambs now
in her possession. I give it to her after my decease. Itm. I do
give to my sonne Nathaniel Johnson the right & interest that I
haue in the house & land that his wife Joanna Johnson lives in, and
further I give unto him the barne and land belonging to it, adjoyne-
Ing to y*^ land belonging to the house of my sonne Natlianiel John-
son, the barne shee is to haue possession of after my wifes decease
& not before. I do give this house land & barne to my sonne
Nathaniel if he be alive, if not then I give it to his two sonnes, they
to possesse it w' they come to the age of twenty one yeares, and my
daughter Joannah Johnson to injoy it till that time, And for the rest
of my estate of housing lands moveables whatsoever elce that is my
estate, I give it to my well beloved wife Elizab: Johnson for her
comfortable lively hood, and if that shee stand in need of supply I
do give her pow"^ to sell any part of the housing or land or the whole
for her comfortable subsistance, and my will is that my well beloved
wife haue pow"" to dispose of my household goods to any of her
children either in the time of her life or at her death as shee shall
see cause. And at my wifes decease my will is that w* of th' estate
shall then remaine of housing land or moveables undisposed of shall
bo divided among my sonnes viz* John Johnson Joseph Johnson
Jonathan Johnson Nathaniel Johnson or his Children if he be dead,
& Zachariah Johnson & Isaac Johnson, my eldest sonne to haue a
double porccon Jn° Johnson, the rest of my sonnes to haue equall p'^
of this estate that my wife may leave at her decease, And further my
will is that my sonne Zachary Johnson should haue the Kill house,
and y'^ Mill in it, if so much fall .to his share, if not he to haue the
house & mill paijng to his Brethren the overplus that they haue
equall shares according to the will. And I do appoynt my beloved
wife my sole Executrix of this my last will & testam' made the 7*^
of decemfe. 1677. and in testimony hereof I haue hereunto sett my
witnes the marks William Johnson.
of Richard Kettle
Proved 2 April 1678.
32 EARLY WILLS.
M" Rebecca Lynde.
In tlic Name of God Amen the Sixth Day of April Ann°
Dom' One thousand six hundred Eighty and Eight. I Rebecca
Lynde of Charls-Town in New England Widdow being in perfect
health and of sound and perfect memory (prays be given to Almighty
God for the same) and knowing the uncertainty of this present life and
that all flesh must yeild unto death when it shall please God to call
and being desirous of settling my outward estate before my de-
parture out of this world, Do make and declare this my last will and
testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) First and
principally 1 comend my sole to Almighty God my creator assuredly
beleaveing that I shall receive full pardon and remission of all my siiis
and be saved by the precious death and merits of my savio"" and
redemer Christ Jesus, and my body to the earth from whence it
was taken to be buried in such desent manner as to my Eexecuto"^
hereafter named shall be thought meete and convenient, And as
touching such worldly estate as the Lord in mercy hath lent me
my will and meaning is, the same shall be imployed & bestowed as
hereafter by this my will is expressed. Revoking and adnulling by
these presents all Wills heretofore made and declared either by word
or written. And this to be taken for my last will and testamend and
none other. First I will that all those debts and duties that I owe in
right or conscience to any manner of pson or persons whatsoever
shall be well and truly contented and paid within convenient time
after my decease by my Executo'' hereafter named and my funerall
expences being discharged the remainder of my estate I give and be-
queath as followeth viz'.
Imp" I Give and Bequeath unto my two Daughters namely
Elizabeth Kemble and Rebecca Jenner All ray Household Goods of
what kind soever (except some part of my plate otherwise disposed
of as is hereafter expressed) to be equally diuided between them
and to be to their use and behoofe for ever.
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-child David Jenner one
Silver Spoon marked R L :
Itt I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-child Nicholas Trerise
my Silver Tankard marked N R T :
Itt I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-child Hannah Trerise my
Silver Cupp marked N R T :
Itt I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-child Elizabeth Jenner
a Silver Cupp marked R T :
Itt I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-child Mary Goose my
Silver potenger marked N R T :
Itt I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-child John Goose one
Silver Spoon marked R L :
Itt I Give & Bequeath unto my Daughter Kemble two Silver
Spoons marked R T :
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Itt I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-child Sarah Kemble a
Silver Spoon marked I L :
Itt I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-child Rebecca Lynde one
Silver Spoon marked R L.
Itt I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-sonn John Goose five
pounds to be paid him at the age of One and twenty yearcs.
Itt : I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-child Mary Goose the
summ of five pounds to be paid her at the age of twenty one yeares
or day of marriage either of which shall first happen But if that
either of my said Grand-children the above named Mary or John
Goose depart this life before the respective time appointed for the
payment of their above mentioned Legacies of five pounds p"" piece
(which is to be understood are to be paid in current money of new :
england) then my mind and will is that the surviveo"" of them shall
have obtaine and enjoy the others bequeathed Leagacie of five pounds
at the time it should have been paid to the deceased had he or she
Itt. I Give and Bequeath unto ray Grand-child Nicholas Trerise
All that my Dwellinghouse and land with the wharf & appurtenances
thereunto belonging with the liberties & preuiledes to the sd house
& premisses appurtaining Scittuate lying and being in Charls-Town
afore sd now or late in the Tenour and occupation of James Kelly
and Robert Smith or one of them, which was formerly the estate of
M'' Abraham Pratt. Hee the said Nicholas Trerise paying within
six months after my Decease unto his Brother my Grand-child John
Trerise the full sume of tenn pounds of current money of New :
England which sume I hereby bequeath unto the sd Jn" Trerise to
be paid as aforesd.
Itt I Give and Bequeath unto Hannah Trerise All that my Smale
Dwelling house or Tenement Scituate lying & being in Charls :
Town aboves^ with the appurtenances and previledges thereunto be-
longing in the same manner as 1 now possess the same or of right
might or could do which said Tenement was the Dwelling of Good"
Itt 1 Give and Bequeath unto my Sonn m"" Joseph Lynd all my
land in and neer the Township of Redding with the appurtenances &c.
Itt I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand-child m"" David Jenner
of Boston Merch* my Dwelling house in which I now dwell and ground
whereon it standeth and land adjoyning Scittuate in Charls-Town
above s'^ w*'' all liberties preuiledges easem*' & appurtenances there-
Lastly. I Give and Bequeath unto my good friend M'' Benjamin
Bullivant of Boston the Sume of forty shillings to buy him a Ring.
All other my estate whatsoever my just debts & legacies being
paid, & funerall expences being discharged as aforesd I Give and
bequeath unto my sd Grand-child m' David Jenner, whome I appoint
34 EARLY WILLS.
constitute (fc ordaine Sole Exocuto"" to tliis ray last Will and testa-
ment. In Witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and Seal
the Day and yeare first above written.
The marke of
Rebecca R L Lynde Seal
Signed Sealed and Published
in the presence of us
Laur : Elainmond
Proved 17 December 1689.
The Last Will and Testament of William Dole of Newbury in the
County of Essex in the province of the Massachusets Bay in New Eng-
land which is as foUoweth, First in Gods appointed time I Resigne
my soule into the hands of God that gave it, and my body to the
Dust untill the Day of Rcsurrectyon of the Just, with Good hopes
at that Day to Reeceive itt, according to the Gratyous promise of
the God of grace; and Trust In Jesus Christ; and for my Tem-
poral Goods that God hath given me I Dispose of as followeth
I Giue to my Two Sones, Samuel and Benjamin all my Land Leying
on or neere crane neck Knowne by the name of ray Rate Lott as it
was Laid out for my Honr'' father Mr Richard Dole Deceased, and
also my Lott of Land Lying on merrimeck River in Newbury ; and
also all my Lands and Rights in Lands Leying Ither in Haverhill
Almsbury Salsbury or Rowley and also a piece of marsh Lying in
plumb Island ; bounded northerly by my brother abner ; and easterly
on the point of sand and southerly partly on my brother Richards
and partly on ray brother peters thair raarsh : and westerly on the
main Riuer Including the Island in s"* River I also giue to ray s*^ Two
sones one pair of oxen and Two cows and one horse and a yoak
and chain, all the aboue s'' premises to be equaly Diuided betwixt
them ; but if it should please God that Ither Samuel or Benjamin
should Dye with out haircs then the aboue raentyoned Lands shall all
be for the suruiucing brother.
Itara I haueing giuen ray Daughter Hannah considerable alredy:
I doe fcrther giue ray s*^ Daughter hannah all that her husband did
owe me and also five pounds more which is to be in full of her
Itam I giue to my Daughter Mary soe mutch as will make up
what she hauc alredey had the sume of fifty and fower pounds to be
paid with in one year after my Decease;
EARLY WILLS. 35
Ttam I Giue to my Daiifiliter Jane soe match as will make up
what she liath alredey had, the sumo of fifty and fower pounds to be
paid with in one year after my Decease;
Itam I Giue to my Daughter patiance soe mutch as will make
up what she hath alredey had the sume of fifty and fower pounds to
be paid with in one yeare after my Decease;
Itam I Giue to my Daughter apphiah the sume of fifty and fower
pounds to be ])aid with in one year after my Decease.
Also I Giue to my Dear and Loueing Wife Mary: a lower Roorae
and chamljer and liberty of a seller; Ither in my Dwelling house or
in the house my sone William Hues in which she shall see cause and
also the one half of the household stuff she to have my best bed and
furniture in her part; and also one Quarter part of my money I have
in the house: s** money and half of my mouables with in Dores I
giue to my s*^ beloved wife to dispose of as she shall se cause and
also my marsh Leying in Rowley neere a place called Cow bridg to
Dispose of as she shall se cause : unless one of my sones will giue
her Ten pounds for it; and also the use of a horse when she shall
se cause and also the use of Two cows which shall be kept for her
sumer and winter and also Twelve bushils of Indian corne and Three
of Rye: and one of wheat; and eight bushels of mault and Twelve
pound of sheepswool and eight pounds of cotton wool and eight
pounds of flex to be paid her yearly and Eight cords of wood yearly
to be deliuered at the Dore : and also one Third part of my orchard
and a conveniant garden of two Rods : It is to be understood that
the use of ray house and all the yearly payments which I have giuen
my s'^ wife, she shall have paid her as is above exprest soe Long as
she shall Reemain my Widdow but if she shall se cause to marrey
again then she shall aquit all her aboue mentioned gifts Exept the
half of the mouable estat with in Dores and the money and the marsh
above s"^ and in lieue thareof my Executors shall pay her fourty
Also I giue to ray sone William in perticular the house he now
Dwels in and the barne by it : and also a piece of marsh knowne by
the name of the fower acres in Newbury as it Layes Joyning to my
brother Abners marsh also I giae to my sone Richard in perticular
my Dweling house and barne by it.
Lastly I make my Two Sones William and Richard my Whole and
Sole Executors of this my Last will and Testement to Reeceive all
ray Lands meadows goods and Chattels ; that I have not Disposed of
to be Equaly Divided betwixt them ; and to Receive all my Debts
y* is Due to me and to pay all the Debts that I Doe owe and funeral
charges and also to pay all the Leagasies y' I have given.
My will lerther is that if it should please god to take away my
sone Richard by Death and he leaue no male Hair then my sone
Samuel shall haue what I haue giuen to my son Richard as to hous-
ing and Lands, and on the same condityons but I doe order and my
will is y' If my sone Richard Dye and laue a widow and only
Dau.diters that s'' widdow shall Injoy one Third i)art of the housing
and Lands y' 1 hauc i^iuen to niy sone Richard Diireini; her widdow
hood, and my will further is y^ If my sone Richard Should dye and
leaue only a Daughter or Daughters my s*^ sone Samuel shall pay
each of them fifty pounds my will is fcrther y' If ray sone Samuel
(should by the deth of his brother Richard; without male Haire)
come to poses what I hauc in Lands giuen to my s'^ sone; and my
sone benjamin should dye with out haire then my will is y' my sone
William shall hauc the one half of the afore s*" Rate Lott; and this
is my Last Will and Testement haueing my perfect memory and
understanding as witness my hand and Scale this Twenty ninth Day
of January anno Dom seauenteen hundred and seauentecu or eighteen
my will is ferther that my sons
Samuel and benjamin shall haue
a bed and Ten sheep
Signed Sealed and declared
in presents of us The raarke 7 a^'id sale
Siluanus Plumar of William Dole Seal
Proved 11 February 1718.
In the Name of God Amen. I William Foster of Charlestowne
in y® County of Midd^ in New England being weak and ill in body,
but of good and p'fect memory, blessed be God for it And know-
ing the uncertainty of this life and desirous to settle things in order
Do make Constitute and appoint this to be my Last Will & Testa-
ment. Imp''mis: I Cominitt my Soul to Almighty God my Creato"^
assuredly beleiving I shall receiue pardon of my sin in and through
Jesus Christ my Dear Redeemer and my body to the earth from
whence it was taken to be decently buried at y*^ discretion of my
Executo''^ here after named, Ar.d as touching such worldly Estate
as y*' Lord hath gi-aciously Lent me, my will is it be disposed and
Imployed as hereafter mentioned. First hereby revokcing and make-
ing voide all and euery other Will or Wills by me heretofore made
by word or writing Do Constitute and appoint this to be my last
Will and Testament and no other. It'" I will that all my Just debts
and duties I ow in right or Conscience to any p''son whomsoeuer, my
funerall Charges, as also all those Legacies here after named Shall be
well and truly paid in Convenient time after my Decease by my
Exccuto". Item 1 Do giue tiie Iinproucment of my Dwelling house
Orchard and ground thereto belonging and adjoining, As also my two
EARLY WILLS. 37
peices of Wharfe & Creek and my Wood Lott in y'^ first Division of
Lotts, and Moveables to my beloved wife Ann Foster for her Com-
fortable Subsistence (till and) so long as She Continueth my Widdow,
fully Impowering her with ray other Executo''s hereafter named to
Sell either or both the said peices of Wharf and Wood Lott in y®
first Division or moveables for y" better inabling of them to pay my
Said Debts and Legacies. Item I do giue and bequeath as follows
viz : To My Daughter Mary Phillips I do giue that fifteen pounds to
me due from her husband in part of payment for y^ Mill, it proving
a hard bargaine to him, as also my Second"''i)ivision of my Wood
Lott Lying next or neer Redding, the Same to be to her and her heires
for euer. It°' I Giue to my Daughter Elisabeth Goose Twenty
pounds to be paid her within a Twelvemoneth after my Decease by
my Executo''s the Same to be to her and her heires for euer. Item I
do giue to my Grand Daughter Ann Foster fine pounds to be paid by
my Executo''s when She marrieth prouided She marry with y'' Consent
of her Father and Mother and her Unckle and Aunt Standly other wise
She Shall haue no more tlien any other of my Grand children and the
remainder of y^ s*^ fine pounds to be equally diuided amongst my
grand children then Surviveing. Item I giue to all the rest of my
Grand Children fine Shillings apeice to be paid by my Executors,
to Say, to those that are Ten years of age within a Tweluemoneth after
ray Decease, and to the rest as they shall arriue at Ten years oi age.
Item. I do giue to my Kinswoman Elenor Dauis in England* & her
daughter Mary Davis Twenty Shillings apeice to be paid within a
Tweluemoneth after ray Decease. And as for my Dwelling house
orchard and Land adjoining as aforesaid at my wifes decease I do
give the Same to my two Sonnes Richard Foster and John Foster to be
Equally divided detwixt them by two Indifferent men And my Son
Richard after such division shall haue his first Choice, & y" same
to be to them & theire heires for euer. Further my will is that if
my s*^ Wife shall see Cause to Marry againe she shall then haue but
her thirds as y® Law prouides, and y* what remaines at her decease
to be divided amongst my Children, to say, y^ thirds of y*^ Housing
& Lands to my Said Sons Richard and John, and the Moueables to
my other Children then Surviveing. Further my will is that if any of
my Children shall murmur & be dissatisfied with my disposeall of
my Estate by this ray last will and Testament, that he or they so
doeing shall lose the benefit of theire Legacie or Legacies, and the
same shall be equally diuided to and amongst those other of my Chil-
dren that rest satisfied herewith this my Will. It. I Do Constitute
and appoint my beloued Wife Ann Foster and my Sonnes Richard
Foster & John Foster Joint Executor's of this my last Will & Testa-
ment. In Testimony whereof I haue hereunto set my hand & affixed
my Seal: May the 7'*^ 1696. Annoq RR'-^ Gulielmi 3tii Angliic &c.
* This may have been a sufficient address at the time, but now we should like to know
38 EARLY WILLS.
Signed Scaled published & declared by m"' W'" Foster
to be his Last will & Testament in p''seuce of us.
Sam" Phipps William X Foster Seal
Tiio. Walter hUumrk
Proved 7 July 1698.
In the name of God Amen I Isaackc Winslow of New England in
the County of Midlesex being sicke of body but of sound and per-
fect Memory praysed be to God for it and calling to mind the
uncertaintie of this Transietorie Life and that all flesh nmst die and
yeald vnto death when it pleaseth God to Call for them and first
being penitent for my sin past desireing forgivenes for the same doe
make this my Last will and TestiementRevociiing and Annulling every
will and wills Testieraent or Testiements heare to fore by me made
or declared and this to be Taken for my Last will and Testiement
and none other.
first I give and bequeth unto my wife Mary Winslow the house and
Land she now livetli in at Charlestowne in New England. Item
I give that peece of Land Joyning to it to my daughter Parnill
Winslow. Thirdly I give my part of the Katch Pellican to the
Child my wife went with all when I Left her vpou the twelfe day of
July in Case it Lives if not I give it to my Loveing wife aforesaid,
in witlness whereof I haue hear vnto sent my hand and sealle dated
at Port lioyall in Jamaica this twentie sixt day of August In the
year of our Lord one Thousand sixe hundred and scaventy.
Sealled signed and Isaack Winslow Seal.
deliverd in the presence of
Thomas P Banfeeld.
Proved 30 August 1G70.
In the Name of God, Amen this fourteenth day of April Annoq
Domini One Tliousund Seven hundred and Twenty Annoq RR.
Ge(M-gii Magnai Brittaniie &c Sexto I Mary Long of Charlestown
in the Countie of Midd^ and province of the Massachusetts bay in
New England (Widow) being weak in body, but of Sound and perfect
mind and memory (thanks be to God) DO make Constitute, ordaine,
and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form fol-
lowing herby revoking and annulling all and every Testament and
EAKLY WILLS. 39
Testaments, will, and wills by me hortofore made or declared either
by word or writing And this to be taken only for my last will and
testament and none other. And first I giue and Comitt my Soul
unto Almighty God my Savior & Redeemer in whom and by the
merrits of Jesus Christ I trust and beleive Assuredly to be Saved.
And my Body to the earth to be buried in such place and manner as
shall be found to be my desire manifested in a small scrip of Paper
inclosed in this my will. And now for the setling my temporal!
Estate and such goods, lands, tennements &c. as it hath pleased God
far above my deserts to bestow upon mee 1 Do give order and dispose
in manner and form following (That is to say) first I will that all those
debts and dues w'^^ I owe in right or Concience to any manner of
person or persons whomsoever : Shall be well and truly Contented
paid or ordained to be paid within Convenient time after my
decease by my Execu" herafter named.
Item I DO herby Confirme unto my son Samuel Long his heires
and Assignes a Dwelling house Comonly Called and known by the
name of the great Taverue w*'' all the land therto belonging, as
Expressed and set forth in a deed of Gift under my hand and seal
besides what I have given him hertofore.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Bradstreet
her heires and Assignes forever my now dwelling house with the
land therto adjoyning, and garden plot therto belonging with all
the privilidges and Appurtanances whatsoever is therunto belong-
ing. As also all my moveable estate plate &c of what name soever
& apparrell she being breaved of her sight.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my grandchildren William
Welstead and Katherine Welstead of Boston my pasture or mowing
ground lying between the land of Joseph Lemon and Samuel
Trumball, to them and their heires and Assignes forever w'^'^ I
vallue at Two hundred pounds.
Item I DO give and bequeath unto my grand Children Richard
Foster, Isaac Foster, Parnal Codman, Ann Foster, Sarah Foster and
Elizabeth Foster, Simon Bradstreet, Samuel Bradstreet and Mary
Bradstreet Five pounds in mony each of them : to be paid unto them
within one yeare after my deceace by my Execu""^ herafter named.
Item I Give and bequeath unto my four great grand children :
viz* Samuel Gary and Richard Carey, Sarah Foster and John Cod-
man each of them forty shillings to be paid as aforesaid, by my
Execu" in Twelve months after my deceace.
All the residue and remainder of my Estate I give and bequeath
unto my said son Samuel Long And my daughters Mary Bradstreet
Parnall Foster and William Welstead and to their heires and Assignes
forever to be Equally divided amongst them. And further my mind
and will is And I Do herby ordaine and Appoint my said son Samuel
Long and my Daughters Parnal Foster and Mary Bradstreet &
my son in Law William Welstead Exccuf'* of this my last will
and Testament (IlavinsT fully sattisficd and discharged the obliiration
that my husl)and John Lon«^ of s"* Charlcstown decae'' ^vas under to
my s*" Haiiirhter Parnal Foster formerly Wiiislow : the same oblii^ation
Ijeintr Exprest in my s'' Husbands last will by me as sole Executrix
therof to be discharged) Finally my will and meaning is that my
peice of land at Moultens point (as also my marish at y*" mill) be
sold by my Execu" to pay the Debts and Legacies and Funeral
Charges ; (the overplus to be Equally divided as aforesaid) In Wit-
ness wherof I have herunto set my hand and ??eal declaring the al)0ve
written to be my last will and Testament the day and year alxjve
Signed, Sealed and declared ]\Iary Long Seal
in presence of us : by the said
Mary Long to be her last will
the words enterlined between the third
and fourth lines from bottom [as also my
marish at y'^ mill] before signing.
Rob^ Ward juii'"
Ben Dowse jun""
Proved 2 February 1729.
In the name of God amen : I Edwarde Wiers of Cliarlestoune in
the county of midelsex in the masathusets coliny in new inglande
being weake of body, but of sounde disposeing memory, prais be given
to God for the same I doe make this my laste will aud testiment in
maner and forme as foloeth that is to say first and principally I
resign ray soul into the mircifull bans of aflmighty God my creator
asuredly hoping through the mirits of my blesed'Saviour to obtaine
pardon and remision of all my Sins, and my body I commit
to the earth whence it was taken to be decently buried by the descre-
sion of my executrix heai-after named, and as for my worldly goods
and estate that the Lord hath lent me I do dispose as foloeth.
imprimis I do giue and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Eliza-
beth Wiers my dwelling house and all my lands and houshould
goods and other estate whatsoever for hir proper cus and behofe
during hir life, and I do giue hir full power to sell what laud
shee shall see necesary for the discharging of my debts, and when
my wife is dead and decently buried my will is that my estate
bee equaly dovided to all my children alike and my will is that
if anny of my children dy befor they receue their portion and
leue a child or children behind them that then that childe or
EAELY WILLS. 41
those children shall haue the parte of my estate which hce or shee
should haue had if living, finaly I make my wife Elizabeth Wiers
soule excekatrix of tiiis my laste will and testiraente revoking all
other wills by me heartofor made. in witnes whearof I liaue
hearunto set my hand and seal this twentie and seuenth of desem-
ber and in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and
ninety and two.
signed sealed and published in the presence of
Saniuell Adames Edwarde Wiers Seal.
Richard Stratton ^"^ ^^ "^'"''e
Roberte R Scotte.
Proved 11 July 1693.
In the Name of God Amen. I John Coffin of Newbury in the
County of Essex New England Yeoman. Being Sensible of My
Mortality but Being at present of a Sound Disposing mind & memory
do make tdis my Last will & Testament. Committing my Soul to
God through the merits of Jesus Christ, & my body to the Dust In
hope of a Joyful Ressurrection I do Dispose of my worldly Goods
which God has Given me, in the following manner (viz.)
Imp"" I Give to my son Nathaniel Coffin Besides what he has
already had, five pounds money to be paid him by my Executors
hereafter Named in one Year after my Decease.
Item. I Give to my Daughter Abigail VVhittemore five pounds
money to be paid her in two Years after my Decease, & also one
Case of Draws & one feather Bed which I now have in my house, to
be Delivered her at my Decease.
Item I Give to My Daughter Apphia Jones five pounds money to
be paid her in two Years after my decease & also one feather I3ed
which 1 have in my house to be Delivered her at my wifcs Decease.
Item. 1 Giue to my Sons Peter Coffin & William Coffin all my
Lands in the Towne of Rumford, (formerly Called Pennecook) in
the province of Newharapshire in New England, in Equal halves to
the Said Peter & William & to their Heirs & Assigns forever.
Item. I Give to my Son Richard Coffin my Sheep pasture which
Land I bought of D*' Somerby.
Item I Give to my Two Sons Richard Coffin & Samuel Coffin all
the Rest of my real Estate Lying & being in Newbury & Elswhere
Not before Disposed off in this my will in Equal Halves both in
Quantity & Quality to the said Richard & Samuel & to their Heirs
& Assigns forever.
And I do Constitute & Appoint my Two Sons Richard & Samuel
To be Sole Excecutors to this my will To Pay all my Just Debts
42 PEARLY WILLS.
& Rocoivo all my Just Claims. To pay all the Lf:'p;aoios Given in
this will & my I'lineial Charires & to Enable my Son Samuel to ful-
fill his trust as Executor I Give him my Stock of Creatures of all
Kinds Soever & I do Ratifie & Confirm this to be my Last will &
Testament. In Witness whereof I the s'' John Coffin have Set to
my hand & Seal this Seventeenth Day of March in tlie Second Year
of his majestys Reij^n George the third Kinu; Ac A.D. 1702 Siujned
Sealed Pronounced & Declared by John Coffin to be his last will &
Testament in presenc of us —
Joseph Coffin John Coffin Seal.
Proved 11 October 17G2.
In the name of God Amen the seventh Day of April 1768. I
John Hale of Newl)ury in the County of Essex and Province of
The Massachusets Bay in New England, yeoman, Being weeke in
Bodey but of Perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God.
Therefor Calling unto mind the mortality of my Bodey and Knowing
that it is appointed for all men once to Dye do make and ordain
this my Last will and Testament that is to say Principally and first
of all I give and Recommend my soulc into the Hands of God that
gave it, and my Bodey I Recommend to the Earth to be Buried in
decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executor, nothing
Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Receve the same
again by the mighty Power of God and as touching such Worldly
Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless mo in this Life I give
demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and forme —
Imprimise. I give and Bequeath to Mary ray dearly Beloved
Wife all my Houcehold goods of all sorts Excepting such things as
I shall hereafter dispose of in this my will I also give to my said
Wife the uce aud Profile of one third Part of my Real Estate as the
Law Directs and if she Dye my widow she shall have a Decent burial
by my Executer.
Item. I give to my Beloved daughter Patince Coffin three Pounds
money Besids what I have alredey given her in full of her Portion
to be Paid to her by my Executer In Two years after ray deceace.
Item. I give to ray beloved daughter Mehitabel Clark Twenty
Shilings to be paid to her by my Executer in three years after my
Disccase besids what I have heretofore given her in full of her Por-
Item. I give to my beloved daughter Elizebath Swett twenty
Shillings to be Paid to her in three years after my Disccace by my
EARLY WILLS. 43
Executor besides what I have heretofore given her in full of her
Item. I give to my Beloved sun Nathaniel Hale Three Pound
money to be Paid to him in Three years after my Disceace by my
Executor. I also give to him a gun besids what I have heretofore
given him in full of his Portion.
Item. I give to my Beloved sun John Hale whome I Likewise
Constitute make and ordaine my soule Executor of this my will and
to his Heirs and asigns all and singuler y*" Lands messuages and
Tenements that I have in Newbury or Elcewhere I also give to my
said sun John all my Personal Estate that I have not alredey Dis-
posed of In this my Will. I also give him all the Just debts that are
owing to me his Paying all the Just Debts that I owe the Legeses
and my funeral Charges By him freely to be Posessed and Enjoyed
and I Do hereby utterly disallow Revoke and Disannul all and Every
other former Testament wills Legeacies and Bequests and Executors
by me in any wais before named Willed and Bequeathed Rattifying
and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament
in witnes whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Day and
year above written.
John Hale Seal
Signed Sealed Published
Pronounced and declared
by the said John Hale
as his Last will and
Testament in the Presence
of us the subscribers.
John Dole jur
Proved 28 January 177L
In the Name of God Amen I Richard Foster of Charlestown in
the County of Middlesex in His Majesty's Province of the Massa-
chusetts Bay in New England Esq"" being Weak in Body yet of per-
fect memory, Thanks be to God therefor, Calling to mind the mortality
■of my Body, and Knowing that it's appointed for all men once to Dy,
Do make and Ordain This my last Will and Testament, Principaly
I Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it hoping for
Mercy thro' the Merits of my dear Redeemer, and my Body I Com-
mit to the Dust to be buried with a Decent and Christian Burial (at
the discretion of my Executors hereafter named) Firmly believing
that at the General Resurection I shall receive the same again by
44 EARLY WILLS.
the Mighty power of God, and as Touching such worldly goods and
Estate as God hath pleased in his Providence to bless me withall I
demise give and dispose of in the following manner.
Imp"" My Will is that all my Just Debts and Funeral Charges be
paid and discharged by my Executors hereafter named.
Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Parnel (after
my Just Debts and Funeral Charges are paid) all my Estate both
Real and Personal during her natural life, for her maintenance with
liberty to sell or dispose of what part of my personal Estate she
shall think fit, and also full power to sell part of my Real Estate as
she Think necessary for the use aforementioned, what of my Estate
shall remain after my wifes Decease, her Debts and funeral Charges
paid, and after its being apprised as near as may be by men upon
Oath to the true Value thereof, I Give and dispose of the same in
the following manner.
Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my son Richard Foster the sum
of Four hundred pounds.
Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my son Isaac the sum of Four
Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Parnel Codman
the sura of Forty five pounds.
Item. I Give and Bequeatii unto my Daughter Ann Perkins the
sum of Thirty nine pounds.
Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Calef the
sum of Thirty two pounds.
Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth McDaniel
the sum of Thirty pounds.
Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Grandsons Samuel and
Richard Cary the sum of Thirteen pounds to be Equaly divided be-
twixt them, and what Remains of my Estate beside the several sums
before given and Bequeathed and paid according to the apprisment
shall be Divided into seven equal parts To each child one seventh
part, and to my two Grandchildren aforementioned one seventh part
Equaly between them, But if my Estate should fall short of paying
what I now give. Then Each child and Grand child shall abate in
proportion to what I now give and also to what my Daughters have
liad of nie at and after their Marriage as money then went, an ac-
count thereof is Entered on my Book, and at the foot signed by me.
Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my sons Richard and Isaac
Equaly the Property of my Pew in the Meeting house reserving to
my Daughters the liberty and priviledge of sitting therein during*
Furthermore My Will and meaning is That my two sons viz.
Richard and Isaac have the remaining part of all my Real Estate
after my wifes decease as it is apprised as aforesaid they paying
my other Children and Grand children their proportionable part as
EARLY WILLS. 45
And I do hereby appoint my Beloved Wife Parnel and my two
sons Richard and Isaac to be Executors of this my last Will and
Testament, and I do hereby disallow revoke and Disanull all and
every other former Will or Testament, Legacies or Bequeasts by me
heretofore made or reputed to be made, Ratifying and confirming
this and no other to be my last Will and Testament, In Witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and [seal] this Twenty second
Day of January Ann Domini 1735/6 In the Ninth year of His
RiCH'^ Foster. Seal.
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced
and Declared by the said Richard
Foster to be his Last will and Testament
in the presence of us who subscribed
our names in presence of said Testator.
Joseph Austin Jun""
Proved 14 January 1745.
In the Name of God Amen, I William Wyer of Charlestown in
the County of Middlesex in New England Esq being in good Health
and of sound mind and memory (blessed be God therefor) But
mindful of my mortallity and the uncertainty of Life, Do make and
ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is
to say, principally and first of all I recommend my Soul to God, thro'
the merits & mediation of Christ my only Redeemer, in Hopes of
Eternal Life thro' Him, and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a
Decent Christian manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter
named ; And as touching such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God
to bless me with in this Life I give & dispose thereof as follows,
that is to say.
Imp'"'' I will that my just Debts & Funeral Charges be duly paid
by my Executors
Item I give and devise to my son Edward Wyer and to his Heirs
and Assigns my mansion House, where I now dwell, with all the
Buildings, out houses. Yards, Gardens and Land thereto adjoyning
and belonging; and also my Pasture or Lot of Land at Moreton's
Point. I also give and bequeath to my son Edward all my House-
hold Furniture of what kind soever, and my three negro men and
my negro woman.
Item I give and devise to my son David Wyer and to his Heirs
and Assigns the House and Land which I bought of Cookery with
46 EARLY WILLS.
the Shop thereon, and the Pasture or Lot of Land wliich I bought
of John Rand and the Heirs of Nathaniel Dowse.
Item I give and devise to my Grandson William Wyer son of my
son Thomas Wyer Dec the Pasture or Lot of Land which I bought
of Cap* : John Rouse and to the Heirs of his Body lawfully begotten,
and for default of such Issue, then the same to be & remain to and
among all my Children to be equally divided between them. I also
give and bequeath to my said Grandson William the Sum of one
thousand five hundred Pounds in old Tenor Bills of Credit to be
paid to him by my Executors upon his Arrival at the full age of
twenty one years.
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Eleanor Foster the
sum of three thousand five hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit of the
old Tenor to be paid to her by my Executors, the one half thereof
within one year and the Remainder within two years next after my
Item I give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Elizabeth Wyer,
Daughter of my son Edward Wyer the sum of two hundred Pounds
in Bills of Credit of the old Tenor to be paid to her by my Execu-
tors within two years after my Decease, I also give to her my
Negro Girl Dinah.
Item I also give and bequeath to all and every the Rest of my
Grand Children, not herein before mentioned, that shall be living
at the Time of my Decease the sum of one hundred Pounds in old
Tenor Bills of Credit to each and every of them to be paid to them
by my Executors within two years next after my Decease.
Item I give and bequeath to my Grandson William Foster my
Negro Boy Pompy.
Item I give and bequeath to my Grandson Thomas Wyer my
Negro Boy Ephraim.
Item I give and bequeath to my Kinswoman Katharine Welch the
sum of two hundred Pounds in old Tenor Bills of Credit to be paid
to her by my Executors the one half thereof within one year, and the
other half within two years next after my Decease. I also give to
the s'' Katharine my Negro Boy Coflfy.
Item I give and devise to my two sons Edward and David afore-
named and to their Heirs & Assigns my Still-House wuth all the
Land & Wharffe thereto adjoyning, the Warehouse, Cooper's shop
& Buildings thereon, and also the Stills with the Appurtenances
and Implements of what kind or nature soever belonging thereto,
with all my Stock appertaining to the Still House at the time of my
Decease, to be equally divided between them, they paying & dis-
charging the several Legacies before given & bequeathed in this my
Will, at the times limited for payment of them. And as to the Rest
of my Estate, which I shall leave at my Decease (not heretofore be-
queathed) in Chatties, Cash, Bonds, Notes & Book Debts, and other
Estate whether Real or Personal I give and bequeath the same to
EARLY WILLS. 47
my aforesaid two sons Edward Wyer and David Wyer to be equally
divided between them, to enable them to pay my Debts, funeral
Charges, and the Legacies aforesaid.
And I do hereby make constitute and ordain my two sons Edward
& David Wyer Executors of this my last Will and Testament,
hereby revoking and disannulling all former Wills, Testaments,
Bequests and Executors heretofore by me named willed or bequeathed,
ratifying and confirming this & no other to be my last Will &
Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & seal
this fifteenth Day of January in the twenty first year of His Majesty's
Reign Annoq Domini one Thousand Seven hundred & forty seven.
Signed sealed published
pronounced & declared by
the afores'' William Wyer Esq
to be his last Will and Tes-
tament in the presence of
us the Subscribers William Wyer Seal.
Richard D evens
I the aforenamed William Wyer do by this Codicil to my last
Will & Testament aforewritten ratify and confirm the same with
this Alteration or Addition only, That is to say, I do hereby will
give and bequeath to my Daughter Eleanor Foster the sum of five
hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit of the old Tenor to be paid to her
by my Executors, as an Addition to the Legacy of three thousand
five hundred Pounds in the like Bills given her in my said Will, and
to be paid in the like manner, as is order'd for the Payment of that
I do also hereby give & Bequeath to my Grandson William Wyer
aforenamed in my s*^ Will the sum of five hundred Pounds in the
Bills aforementioned as an Addition to the Legacy of one thousand
five hundred Pounds in s*^ Bills given to him in my said Will, and
to be paid in the like manner as is order'd for the Payment of that
Legacy. Li Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal
this Ninth Day of June in the twenty first year of His Majesty's
Reign Annoq Dom: 1748.
Signed sealed published Pronounced
& Declared by the afores'^ William
Wyer as a Codicil to & part of his
last Will & Testament in presence of us
(the Day & year last mentioned.)
Edward Mirick William Wyer Seal.
48 EARLY WILLS.
Be it known to all men by these Presents that Whereas I William
Wyer of Charlestown in the County of Middlesex Esq have made and
declai'ed my last Will & Testament in Writiii<ij bearing Date the
fifteenth Day of January Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred
and forty seven, as also a Codicil to the said Will on the same sheet
of Paper written bearing Date the ninth Day of June Anno Domini
Seventeen hundred and forty eight. I the said William Wyer do
by this present further Codicil ratify and confirm my said last Will
& Testament, and the said former Codicil ; and whereas in & by my
said last Will & Testament I gave and bequeathed unto my Daughter
Eleanor Foster the sum of three thousand five hundred Pounds in
old Tenor Bills of Credit, and in the said Codicil (as an addition
thereto) I gave and bequeathed unto my said Daughter the sum of
five hundred Pounds in the same Bills ; I do hereby further give
and bequeath unto my said Daughter Eleanor Foster the further sum
of five hundred Pounds in the Bills aforesaid, to be paid unto her by
ray Executors in the manner and at the Time limited for the Pay-
ment of the afores'* Bequests to her.
And Whereas in & by my said Will, I gave and bequeathed unto
my son Edward Wyer (among other Things) my three negro men
and my negro woman ; my mind and Will now is, and I do hereby
give and bequeath one of my said Negro men Viz^ my Negro man
named Quash unto my son David Wyer & to his Heirs and Assigns.
And 1 do hereby give and bequeath unto the Rev*^ M"" Hull Abbot,
and to the Rev^ Mr Thomas Prentice the Pastors of the Church of
the Town of Charlestown the Sum of twenty Pounds apeice in old
Tenor Bills of Credit to be paid unto them by my Execu""' as soon
as conveniently may be after my Decease.
And my Will & meaning is that this Codicil as well as the former
aforementioned be, and be adjudged to be part & parcel of my said
last Will & Testament, and that all Things herein mentioned & con-
tained be faithfully & truly performed, and as fully & amply in every
respect, as if the same was so declared & set down in my last Will
& Testament. Witness my hand & seal this twenty ninth Day of
December in the twenty second year of His Majesty's Reign Aunoq
Signed sealed published
pronounced & declared by the
afores'' William Wyer as a
further Codicil & part of his
last Will & Testament in
presence of us William Wybr Seal.
Proved 20 February 1749.
The Coffin Family.^
The first of the name, from whom a direct descent can be traced,
is Nicholas Coffin of Brixton,t Devonshire, England. He died
there in 1613, and in his will,:}: written 12 September and proved 3
November of that year, he mentioned his wife Joan, his sons Peter,
Tristram, Nicholas and John, his daughter Anne, and his grand-
daughter Joan Coffin. He had a brother Tristram Coffin of Brixton,
who died in 1601 or 1602, probably childless.
2. H. Peter Coffin, eldest son of Nicholas, married Joan
Thember or Thumber; he died at Brixton in 1628, and in his will,
written 21 December, 1627, proved 13 March, 1628, mentioned his
six children; his widow came to New England in 1642 with three
of her children, and died at Boston, 30 May, 1661. Children, pro-
bably born at Brixton :
i. Tristram, b. about 1605. 3
V. Eunice, b. ; m. William Butler of Hartford, Conn., who d.
vi. Mary, b. ; m. Alexander Adams of Boston and Dorchester,
who d. 15 January, 1678.
8. HI. Tristram Coffin, eldest son of Peter, born about 1605;
married Dionis, daughter of Robert Stevens of Brixton ; came to
* See New England Historical and Genealogical Register, XXIV.
t The early register of Brixton has unfortunately disappeared, and the oldest volume
dates only from 1668.
X No wills of the Deanery of Plympton can now be found earlier than 1600 ; but the
index to earlier wills still exists, and on it are many of Coffins of Brixton and Plympton
St. Mary, a ncighborini? parish, the earliest being of 1564. Nicholas was perhaps son of
John Coflan, senior, of Brixton, who died in 1575.
50 EARLY WILLS.
New England in 1642, and after a short rest at Salisbury settled
at Haverliill late in that year; in 1647 he moved to Newbury,
where he was authorized to keep an "ordinary" and to "retaylc wine,
paying according to order," and also to run a ferry on the Merrimack
between Newbury and Salisbury; al)Out 1654 he moved again to
Salisliury, and in 1660 finally settled with part of his family on the
island of Nantucket, of which he was commissioned Chief Magistrate
by Gov. Lovelace of New York in 1671 ; he died there 2 October,
i. Peter, b. at Brixton about 1630; m. Abigail, daughter of Edward
Starbuck of Dover, N. H., by whom he had several children ; was
Freeman 23 May, 16G6; lived at Dover, and was Deputy 1672,
3, 9 ; moved to Exeter, was Chief Justice of the Superior Court
of the Province of New Hampshire, and Councillor 1692-1714;
d. at Exeter 21 March, 1715, aged 84.
ii. Tristram, b. at Brixton about 1032. 4
iii. Elizabeth, b. at Brixton ; m. at Newbury 13 November,
1651, Stephen Greenleaf, as told later; d. at Newbury 19 No-
vember, 1678 ; he d. 31 October, 1690.
iv. John, b. at Brixton ; d. at Haverhill 30 October, 1642.
v. James, b. at Brixton(?) 12 August, 1610; m. 3 December, 1663,
Mary, daughter of John Severance of Salisbury, by whom he had
several children; lived at Nantucket, and was Chief Justice of the
Court of Common Pleas; d. 28 July, 1720.
vi. Deborah, b. at Haverhill 15 November, 1642; d. 8 December, 1642.
vii. Mary, b. at Haverhill 20 February, 1645 ; m. Nathaniel Starbuck
of Nantucket; d. 13 September, 1717; he d. 6 June, 1719.
viii. John, b. at Haverhill(?) Newbury 13 October, 1647; m. Deborah,
(laugliter of Joseph Austin, by whom he had several children;
lived at Nantucket; d. at Edgartowu 5 September 1711; she d.
4 February, 1718.
ix. Stephen, b. at Newbury 11 May, 1652; m. Mary, daughter of
George Bunker of Nantucket, by whom he had several children;
d. 18 May, 1734; she d. in 1724.
4. IV. Tristram Coffin, second son of Tristram, born probably
at Brixton about 1632; married at Newbury 2 March, 1653, Judith,
daughter of Edmund Greenleaf, widow of Henry Somerby; was in
1666 a signer of the documcHt, which Dr. Palfrey unjustly, in my
opinion, calls the "unpatriotic petition"; was Freeman of the Colony
of Massachusetts 29 April, 1668, and Lieutenant of the second com-
pany of Newbury 16 Alay, 1683; was Representative to the General
Court 1695, 1700, 1, 2, and was Deacon of the Church of Newbury
twenty years; he died 4 February, 1704, aged 71; she died 15
Decendjer, 1705. Ilis will is printed page 11. Children, born at
i. Judith, b. 4 December, 1653; m. 19 November, 1674, John San-
born of Hampton, N. II.; he d. 10 November, 1723.
ii. Deborah, b. 10 November, 1655; m. 31 October, 1677, Joseph
Knight of Newbury; he d. 29 January, 1723.
EARLY WILLS. 51
iii. Mary, b. 12 November, 1657; m. 31 October, 1677, Joseph Little
of Newbury; d. 28 November, 1725; he d. 27 January, 1737.
iv. James, b. 22 April, 1659 ; m. 16 November, 1685, Florence, daughter
of Horace Hook of Newbury, by whom he had several children ;
d. 4 March, 1736 ; she d. 6 June, 1712.
V. John, b. 8 September, 1660; d. 13 May, 1677.
vi. Lydia, b. 22 April, 1662; m. Moses Little of Newbury; he d. 8
March, 1691, and she m. secondly, 18-March, 1695, John Pike
of Newbury; he d. 13 August, 1714.
vii. Enoch, bv 21 January, 1664; d. 12 November, 1675.
viii. Stephen, b. 18 August, 1665; m. 8 October, 1685, Sarah, daughter
of John Atkinson of Newbury, by whom he had several children ;
d. 31 August, 1725; she d. 20 January, 1725.
ix. Peter, b. 27 July, 1667; m. Apphia, daughter of Richard Dole of
Newbury, by whom he had several children; lived at Gloucester;
d. at Newbury 19 January, 1747; she d. 14 April, 1725.
X. Nathaniel, b. 26 March, 1669. 5
5. V. Nathaniel Coffin, youngest child of Tristram, born at
Newbury 26 March, 1669 ; married 29 March, 1693, Sarah, daughter
of Samuel Brocklebank of Rowley, widow of Henry Dole of New-
bury; was Deacon of the Church of Newbury, and in 1711 was
chosen Town Clerk; was Representative to the General Court 1719,
20, '1 ; was a Councillor of the Province 1730, and a special Justice
of the Court of Common Pleas for Essex 1734 ; he died 20 February,
1749 ; she died 20 April, 1750. Children, born at Newbury :
i. John, b. 1 January, 1694. 6
ii. Enoch, b. 7 February, 1696; Harvard College, 1714, Rev.; m. 5
January, 1716, Blehitable Moody, by whom he had four children,
who all d. young; d. 7 August, 1728 ; she d. 29 December, 1763.
iii. Apphia, b. 9 June, 1698; d 8 October, 1715.
iv. Brocklebank Samuel, b. 24 August, 1700; Harvard College 1718,
Rev.; d. 14 June, 1727.
V. Joseph, b. 30 December, 1702; m. 15 July, 1725, Margaret, daugh-
ter of Benjamin Morse of Newbury, by whom he had several
children;* d. 12 September, 1773; she d. 9 February, 1775.
vi. Jane. b. 5 August, 1705; m. 2 November, 1729, John Webster of
Newbury; d. 19 May, 1783.
vii. Edmund, b. 19 March, 1708; m. at Kittery 15 November, 1732,
Shuah Bartlett, by whom he had several children; d. 29 January,
viii. Moses, b. 2 June, 1711; m. 28 November, 1732, Anna, daughter of
William Dole of Newbury, by whom he had several children ; d.
22 February, 1793.
6. VI. John Coffin, eldest son of Nathaniel, born at Newbury
1 January, 1694; married 22 April, 1713, Judith, daughter of
Edmund Greenleaf of Newbury; died 30 September, 1762; she
* The Rev. Paul Coffin, D. D.. of Buxton, Me., was a son ; and among tlicii- descendants
were the Rev. Charles Coffin, D.D., the Rev. Ebenezer Coffin, Robert S. Coffin the self-
styled Boston Bard, and Joshua Coffin the antiquary and historian of Newbury.
52 EARLY WILLS.
died 10 February, 1772. His will is printed page 41. Children,
born at Newbury:
i. Richard, b. 22 November, 1713; m. 30 November, 1738, Abigail,
dauirliter of Joseph Hale of Newbury, by whom he had several
cliildren ; d. 9 March, 1773; she d. 19 August, 1799.
ii. Nathaniel, b. 7 September, 171G. 7
iii. Abigail, b. 8 November, 1718; m. 2 February, 1744, Rev. Aaroa
Whittemore of Pembroke, N. H.; d. 11 May, 1803; he d. 16
iv. Mary, b. 23 July, 1720; d. 25 November, 1737.
V. Peter, b. 11 May, 1722; m. 6 July, 1769, Rebecca Haselton of
Chester, N. II., by whom he had several children ; d. at Bosca-
wen, N. H., 15 December, 1789.
vi. Appliia, b. 13 April, 1724; m. 8 May, 1746, Ichabod Jones of
vii. William, b. 3 July, 1726; m. 28 March, 1754, Sarah Haselton of
Chester, N. H., by whom he had several children ; d. at Concord,
N. H., 18 October, 1815 ; she d. 26 May, 1829.
viii. Samuel, b. 23 November, 1728; m. 27 May, 1752, Anna Pettingill,
by whom he had one son: he m. secondly 17 June, 1777, Lydia
Bartlett; d. 29 June, 1818; shed. 29 August, 1821.
ix. , sou, b. ; d. infant.
X. Judith, b. 3 September, 1732; d. 2 November, 1737.
xi. Sarah, b. 26 September, 1735 ; d. 1 November, 1737.
7. VII. Nathaniel Coffin, second son of John, born at New-
bury 7 September, 1716; married 1 March, 1739, Patience, daugh-
ter of John Hale of Newbury; settled in 1738 at Falmouth, now
Portland, Me., as a physician, and during his whole life enjoyed a
high reputation and a large practice; died 12 January, 1766;* she
died 31 January, 1772. A short notice of him may be read in the
"American Medical Biography," by James Thacher, M.D. Chil-
dren, born at Falmouth :
i. Nathaniel, b. 20 December, 1739 ; d. 20 December, 1739.
ii. Sarah, b. 21 July, 1741 ; d. in 1826.
iii. Nathaniel, b. 20 April, 1744. 8
iv. Dorcas, b. 15 September, 1746; d. 27 June, 1749.
V. Jeremiah Powell, b. 23 October, 1748.
vi. Dorcas, b. 20 October, 1751 : m. 27 November, 1769, Thomas Col-
son of Bristol, England; d. in 1801.
vii. Francis, b. 28 August, 1753; Consul of the United States at Dun-
kirk, France, where he d. 14 May, 1795.
viii. Mary, b. 6 October, 1756; m. Samuel Juie Marchant, who d., and
she m. secondly, in 1796, Charles Joseph Harford of Stapleton,
Gloucestershire, P^nglaud ; d. in 1798.
8. VIII. Nathaniel Coffin, eldest son of Nathaniel, born at
* We hear from Falmouth, Casco Bay, that on Lord's Day the 12th Instant, departed
this Life, of a Paralytic Disorder Dr. Nathaniel Coffin, of tliat Place, Physician, in tlie 50th
Year of his Age.— As his Skill in Physic and Chiriirgcry had gain'd liiin a great Acquaint-
ance, so his Death is esteem'd a great Loss in and about that Part of the World. — Boston
Gazette, and County Journal, 27 January, 1766.
EARLY AVILLS. 53
Falmouth 20 April, 1744; married at Charlestown 30 October,
1769, Eleanor, dauo;hter of Isaac Foster of Charlestown ; was a very
distinojuished physician of Portland ; received the honorary degree
of M.D. from Bowdoin College, 1821; died 18 October, 1826; she
died 8 September, 1822. A most favorable notice of him was printed
in the Boston Medical Intelligencer, and a memoir of his life, with
portrait, may be seen in the book named in connection with his
father. Children, born at Portland :
i. Harriot, b. in August, 1770; d. 15 January, 1774.
ii. Mary Foster, b. 21 April, 1772; m. 4 July, 1792, Eben Mayo of
Portland; d. 4 February, 1793; he d. 12 September, 1840.
iii. Susanna, b. 4 June, 1773; m. 29 October, 1791, William Codman
of Boston; d. 21 April, 1854; he d. in New York, 8 December,
iv. Harriot, b. 14 May, 1775. 9
V. AVilliam Foster, b. 4 February, 1777 ; d. 5 January, 1788.
vi. Eleanor, b. 22 July, 1779; m. 12 December, 1801, John Derby of
Salem ; d. in Boston 30 March, 1859 ; he d. at Salem 25 Novem-
j Francis, b. 16 November, 1780; d. in Boston 18 August, 1842.
(Thomas, b. 16 November, 1780; m. in Moscow, Russia, about
1829, Ann, dau. of Canally of Ireland, widow of John
Toal, by whom he had one daughter; d. at Perovo, Russia, in
1832; she d. in Moscow in 1865.
ix. Martha, b. 11 April, 1783; m. 23 September, 1800, Richard
Crowuinshield Derby of Boston; d. 24 November, 1832; bed.
in Philadelphia 4 April, 1854.
X. Nathaniel, b. 11 May, 1785; d. 18 December, 1787.
xi. Isaac Foster, b. 28 March, 1787; Bowdoin College 1806; m. at
New Bedford 31 INIay, 1845, Martha Ann, daughter of John
Prince of Jamaica Plain; d. at West Roxbury 24 January, 1861;
she d. in Boston 7 September, 1877.
9. IX. Harriot Coffin, fourth child of Nathaniel, born at Port-
land 14 May, 1775; married at Portland 23 November, 1799, Jesse
Sumner of Boston; died in Boston 3 November, 1862; he died 13
October, 1847. Their second child, but eventual sole heiress,
Harriot Coffin Sumner, married the Hon. Nathan Appleton of
Boston, and was mother of tlie author.
54 EARLY WILLS.
The Brocklebank Family.*
Jane Brocklebank, a widow with two sons, Samuel and John,
settled at Rowley about 1639, They probably came from the neigh-
borhood of Hull, Yorkshire, Euf^laud, where the name was quite
common; but careful research has as yet failed to positively identify
her husband. She died at Rowley, in December, 1668.
John Brocklebank, younger son of Jane, married at Rowley 26
September, 1657, Sarah Woodman, by whom he had several children;
he died in April, 1666, leaving only two daughters.
2. II. Samuel Brocklebank, elder son of Jane, born about 1627;
married at Rowley 18 May, 1652, Hannah ; 29 March, 1653,
he was presented to the County Court of Essex at Ipswich " for
weareing silver lace," and ''confest it, but in considderation of his
Imploym' & other considderations is discharged of it " ; he was a
military man, in 1671 Lieutenant, and 15 October, 1673, appointed
Captain of the company at Rowley, and was Deacon of the Church
1666-1676; he was killed in the battle with Indians at Sudbury, in
April, 1676, aged 48; his widow married 4 March, 1679, Richard
Dole of Newbury, and died 6 September, 1690. Children, born at
i. Samuel, b. 28 November, 1653; ra. 22 November, 1681, Elizabeth
Plats of Rowley, by whom he had cliildreii.
ii. Francis, b. 26 September, 16o5; d. in July, 1660.
iii. Hannah, b. 28 March, 1659; m. 9 June, 1680, John Stickaey of
Rowley; d. 23 April, 1749; he d. in 1709.
iv. John, b ; d. in July, 1660.
V. Mauy, b. ; m. at Newbury 13 October, 1G84, William Dole,
as told later; he d. 31 January, 1718.
vi. Elizabeth, b. ; m. 14 March, 1686, John Todd of Rowley ;
d. 5 April, 1725; lie d. 21 February, 1741.
vii. Sarah, h. 29 October, 1GG6; d. in February, 1667.
viii. Sarah, b. 7 July, 1668. 3
ix. Jane, b. 31 January, 1671 ; ra. at Newbury 26 January, 1693, Abiel
Somerby of Newbury; d. 26 July, 1728; he d. 8 January, 1744.
X. Joseph, b. 28 November, 1674; m. 18 February, 1702, Elizabeth
Barker of Rowley, by whom he had children; d. 21 April, 1748;
she d. 21 November, 1722.
3. III. Sarah Brocklebank, eiglith child of Samuel, born at
Rowley 7 July, 1668; married at Newbury 3 November, 1686,
Henry Dole, who died 13 September, 1690, and she married secondly
29 March, 1693, Nathaniel Coffin; died 20 April, 1750; he died 20
* See Essex Institute Historical Collections, XX.
EAELT WILLS. 55
The Greenlbaf Family.*
Edmund Greenleap, with wife Sarah and several children, came
to New England before 1638, and settled at Newbury. Researches
made in England by the late Horatio G. Somerby render it certain
that he came from Ipswich in Suffolk. His baptism has not been
found, but he was quite possibly son of Edmund Greenleaf of Jha
parish of St. Mary-at-the-Tower. He was made Freeman of the
Colony of Massachusetts, 13 March, 1639, and the same year was
appointed Ensign of the company at Newbury, and permitted to keep
a house of entertainment; in 1642 he was Lieutenant, and was ap-
pointed "to end small business in Neweberry " : in 1647 he was, at
his own request, discharged from his military oflSce, and later
moved to Boston, where his wife died 18 January, 1663 ; he married,
secondly, Sarah, daughter of Ignatius Jurdaine of Exeter, England,
widow first of Wilson, second of William Hill of Fairfield,
Conn.; he died ? 24 March, 1671. His will is printed page 1.
Children, born at Ipswich, England :
i. Enoch, bapt. at St. Mary-at-the-Tower, 1 December, 1613; bur. at
St. Margaret's 2 September, 1617.
ii. Samuel, b. ; bur. at St. Margaret's 5 March, 1627.
ill. Enoch, b. ; m. Mary , by whom he had several chil-
dren ; lived at Maiden and Boston.
iv. Sarah, bapt. at St. Margaret's 26 March, 1620; m. William Hilton of
Newbury; d. about 1655; bed. at Charlestown 7 September, 1675.
V. Elizabeth, bapt. at St. Margaret's 16 January, 1622; m. Giles Bad-
ger of Newbury; he d. 10 July, 1647, and she m. secondly 10
February, 1649, Richard Brown of Newbury; he d. 26 April,
vi. Nathaniel, bapt. at St. Margaret's 27 June, 1624; bur. 24 July, 1634.
vii. Judith, bapt, at St. Margaret's 29 September, 1626; m. Henry
Somerby of Newbury ; he d. 2 October, 1652, and she m. secondly
2 March, 1653. Tristram CofRn of Newbury, as told page 50; d.
15 December, 1705; he d. 4 February, 1704.
viii. Stephen, bapt. at St. Margaret's 10 August, 1628. 2
ix. Daniel, bapt. at St. Margaret's 14 August, 1631; d. at Newbury 5
2. II. Stephen Greenleaf, fifth but second surviving son of
Edmund, born at Ipswich, England, in 1628: married at Newbury
13 November^ 1651, Elizabeth, daughter of Tristram Coffin; in 1670
was appointed Ensign of the company at Newbury, and in 1685
Lieutenant; was Deputy to the General Court 9 August, 1676, and
13 May, 1686, to the Council of Safety 1689, and to the General
Court 1689, '90; his wife died 19 November, 1678, and he married
secondly 31 March, 1679, Esther, daughter of Nathaniel Wcare ot
* See Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family, New York, 1854, and New England Historical
and Genealogical Register, XXXVIII, 299.
56 EAKLY WILLS.
Hampton, widow of Benjamin Swett of Hampton ; was a Captain in
the disastrous expedition against Canada in 1690, and was drowned
oflf Cape Breton 31 October, 1690; she died at Newbury 16 January,
1718. His will is printed page 13. Children, all by first wife:
i. Stephen, b. at Newbury 15 August, 1652; soldier in 1675-6;
Captain; m. 23 October, 1676, Elizabeth, daugliter of WilHam
Gerrish of Newbury, by whom he had several children ; she d.
5 or 13 August, 1712, and he m. secondly, in 1713, Mrs. Hannah
Jordan of Kittery; d. 30 September, 1743.
ii. Sarah, b. at Newbury 18 October, 1G55; m. 7 June, 1677, Richard
Dole of Newbury; d. 1 September, 1718; he d. 1 August, 1723.
iii. Daniel, b. at Boston 17 February, 1658; d. young,
iv. Elizabeth, b. at Newbury 5 April, 1660; m. 24 September, 1677,
Thomas Noyes of Nevvbury ; he d. in 1730.
V. John. b. at Newbury 21 June, 1662; m. 12 October, 1685, Elizabeth
Hills of Newbury, by whom he had several children ; she d., and
he m. secondly, 13 May, 1716, Lydia, daughter of Charles Frost
of Kittery, widow of Benjamin Pierce of Newbury; d. 24 June,
1734; she d. 13 May, 1752.
vi. Samuel, b. at Newbury 30 October, 1665; m. 1 March, 1686, Sarah,
daughter of John Kent of Newbury, by whom lie had children;
d. 6 August, 1694; she m. secondly, 28 April, 1696, Peter Top-
pan of Newbury,
vii. Tristram, b. at Newbury 11 February, 1668; m. 12 November, 1689,
Margaret Piper of Newbury, by whom he had several children ;
d. 13 September, 1742.
viii. Edmund, b. at Newbury 10 May, 1671. 3
ix. Judith, b. at Newbury 23 October, 1673; d. 19 November, 1678.
X. Mary, b. at Newbury 6 December, 1676; m. in 1606, Joshua Moody
3. HI. Edmund Greeleaf, youngest son of Stephen, born at
Newbury 10 May, 1671; married 2 July, 1691, Abigail, daughter of
Abiel Somerby of Newbury; died? in 1740. Children, born at
i. Judith, b. 15 December, 1692. 4
ii. Abigail, b. 6 jMarch, 1695.
iii. INIary, b. 10 September, 1697.
iv. Rebecca, b. 22 February, 1700; d. 29 September, 1702.
V. Edmund, b. 10 February, 1702; m. 4 March, 1725, Mary, daughter
of Joseph Hale of Newbury; d. in 1754.
vi. Henry, b. 22 July, 1705.
vii. Rebecca, b. 5 November, 1707; d. 19 August, 1709.
viii. Richard, b. 11 Ma^s 1710.
ix. Rooksby, dau., b. 11 May, 1713; m. 21 April, 1738, John Clark of
4. IV. Judith Greenleaf, eldest child of Edmund, born at New-
bury 15 December, 1692; married 22 April, 1713, John CofiBn of
Newbury; died 10 February, 1772; he died 30 September, 1762.
EARLY WILLS. 57
The Somerbt Family.
This family is traced back with certainty to Henry Somerby of
Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, England, who died in 1609, leaving
widow Margaret, and son Richard Somerby, who died at Little
Bytham 1 March, 1639; his children were:
i. Anthony, bapt. at Little Bytham 16 August, 1610. 3
ii. Henry, bapt. at Little Bytham 17 March, 1612; came to New Eng-
land in 1639, and settled at Newbury; Freenoan 18 May, 1642;
m. Judith, daughter of Edmund Greenleaf of Newbury, by whom
he had four children, of whom two daughters became his eventual
coheirs; d. 2 October, 1652; she m. secondly 2 March, 1653,
Tristram Coffin of Newbury, and d. 15 December, 1705.
3. IIL Anthony Somerby, elder son of Richard, born at Little
Bytham in 1610; graduated at Clare Hall, Cambridge, 1635; came
to New England in 1639, and settled at Newbury; m. Abigail
; was Freeman of the Colony of Massachusetts 18 May,
1642; was for some time schoolmaster at Newbury, and in 1647
was appointed Clerk of the Writs as well as Town-clerk; was a
signer of the petition of 1666; he died 31 July, 1686; she died 3
June, 1673. His will is printed page 2. Child:
i. Abiel, b. at Newbury 8 September, 1641. 4
4. IV. Abiel Somerby, only child of Anthony, born at Newbury
8 September, 1641 ; married 13 November, 1661, Rebecca, daughter
of Richard Knight; was a signer of the petition of 1666; Freeman
19 May, 1669; died 27 December, 1671 ; she married secondly, 28
April, 1691, Nicholas Wallis of Ipswich, and died ? in 1719. Chil-
dren, born at Newbury :
i. Henry, b. 13 September, 1662; m. 26 June, 1683, Mary, daughter
of Samuel Moody of Newbury; d. 24 November, 1723.
ii. Elizabeth, b. 20 December, 1664; m. 29 March, 1683, Daniel
Moody of Newbury.
iii. Abiel, b. 21 August, 1667; m. 26 January, 1693, Jane, daughter of
Samuel Brocklebank of Rowley, by whom he had several chil-
dren; d. 8 January, 1744; she d. 26 July, 1728.
iv. Abigail, b. 25 January, 1670. 5
r Anthony, b. 12 June, 1672, (posthumous); m. in 1696, Elizabeth,
J daughter of Edward Heard of Ipswich, by whom he had several
j children; d. 16 September, 1759.
[ Rebecca, b. 12 June, 1672, (posthumous); m. John Kent of New-
5. y. Abigail Somerby, fourth child of Abiel, born at Newbury
25 January, 1670; married 2 July, 1691, Edmund Greenleaf.
58 EARLY WILLS.
The Knight Family.
Among the passengers from Southampton, England, for New Eng-
land by the "James" in April, 1G35, were
John Knight ) of Romsey
Richard Knight 5 taylers.
They were undoubtedly cousins. John Knight was either son of
Nicholas, and born in 1601, or son of John, and born in 1602; he
settled at Newbury; was Freeman 25 May, 1636, and had wife
Elizabeth, who died 20 March, 1645; he m. secondly, Ann, widow
of Richard Ingersoll of Salem, and died in May, 1670, leaving son
Richard Knight was son of William of Romsey, and was bap-
tized there 14 January, 1603 ; according to Joshua Coffin he married
Agnes Coffley;* he settled at Newbury; was Freeman of the Colony
of Massachusetts 25 May, 1636; the same year was chosen one of
the first " seven " or selectmen of Newbury, and was for many years
Deacon of the Church there; in 1645 he was appointed by the
General Court with Edward W oodman and John Lowle " to end
small causes under 20^ in Neweberry"; 27 September, 1653, his
wife being presented to Ipswich Court " for waring a silke hood, upon
gfes y* her husband is worth aboue 200" is discharged of her p'"sent-
ment"; he was a signer of the petition of 1666; died 4 August,
1683 ; she died 22 March, 1679. His will is printed page 4. Chil-
i. Ann, b. probably at Romsey; m. 8 October, 1648, Henry Jaques of
Newbury, as told later; d. 22 February, 1705; he d. 24 Feb-
ii. Elizabeth, b. ; m. 8 May, 1660, Anthony Morse of New-
bury; d. 29 July, 1667; he d. 25 February, 1678.
iii. Rebecca, b. at Newbury 3 March, 1043. 2
iv. Sarah, b. at Newbury 23 March, 1647; m. 20 May, 1663, John
Kelly of Newbury; he d. 21 March, 1718.
2. III. Rebecca Knight, third daughter of Richard, born at
Newbury 3 March, 1643; married 13 November, 1661, Abiel Som-
erby of Newbury; he died 27 December, 1671, and she married
secondly, 28 April, 1691, Nicholas Wallis of Ipswich; died ? in 1719.
• Coffley is the name of a family of Romsey, but I could not find this marriage on the
parish register ; Coffin may however haye obtained it from some one of the Knight family.
EARLY WILLS. 59
The Hale Family *
Recent searches for the ancestry of Thomas Hale of Newbury
have fortunately been successful. The record begins with Thomas
Hale of Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, England, who married Joan
Kirby of Little Munden, Herts., and was buried at Watton 19 Oc-
tober, 1630; she married secondly John Bydes of Little Munden.
Children, born at Watton :
i. Dionis, bapt. 15 August, 1602; m. 29 September, 1624, Henry
ii. Thomas, bapt. 15 June, 1606. 2
iii. Mary, bapt. 8 October, 1609; ? m. Whale.
iv. Dorothy, bapt. 28 March, 1613.
V. EHzabeth, bapt. 31 August, 1617.
2. H. Thomas Hale, only son of Thomas, born at Watton-at-
Stone in 1606; married Thomasine ; lived a few years at
Watton; came to New England in 1637, and is found at Newbury
in 1638; was Freeman of the Colony of Massachusetts 7 September,
1638; moved in 1645 to Haverhill, where he was one of the Com-
missioners to end small causes, and lived till 1652 ; then at Newbury
till 1657; then at Salem till 1661, when he returned to Newbury;
was a signer of the petition of 1666, and died at Newbury 21 Decem-
ber, 1682 ; she died 30 January, 1683. Children :
i. Thomas, bapt. at Watton 18 November, 1633; m. at Salem 26 May,
1657, Mary, daughter of Richard Hutchinson of Salem, by whom
he had several children; d. at Newbury 22 October, 1688; she
m. secondly at Boxford 5 February, 1695, William Watson of
Boxford; d. 8 December, 1715.
ii. John, bapt. at Watton 19 April, 1635. 3
iii. Samuel, b. at Newbury 2 February, 1640; ?m. 19 March, 1669,
Lydia Musgrave, who d. soon, and he m. 21 July, 1673, Sarah,
daughter of William Ilsley of Newbury, by whom he had two
daughters ; moved to Woodbridge, New Jersey ; d. there 5 Nov-
ember, 1709; she d. 16 January, 1681.
iv. Apphia, b. at Newbury in 1642; m. 3 November, 1659, Benjamin
Rolfe of Newbury; d. 24 December, 1708 ; he d. 10 August, 1710.
3. HL John Hale, second son of Thomas, born at Watton-at-
Stone in 1635; married at Newbury 5 December, 1660, Rebecca,
daughter of Richard Lowle; she died 1 June, 1662, and he married
secondly 8 December, 1663, Sarah, daughter of Henry Somerby;
she died 19 June, 1672, and he married thirdly, Sarahf ; had
the title of Serjeant; died 2 June, 1707; she died 19 January, 1700.
Children, born at Newbury :
i. John, b. 2 September, 1661. 4
* See Genealogy of Descendants of Thomas Hale, Albany, 1889.
t She is said to have been a widow Cottle, but her father has not yet been identified;
perhaps her first husband was William Cottle.
60 EARLY WILLS.
ii. Samuel, b. 15 October, 1GG4; d. 15 May, 1672.
iii. Henry, b. 20 October, 1666 ; m. 1 1 September, 1 695, Sarah, daughter
of Joliii Kelly of Newbury, by whom he had several childreu; d.
21 October, 1724; shed. 10 February, 1741.
iv. Thomas, b. 4 November, 1668; probal)ly d. unmarried.
V. Judith, b. 5 July, 1670; m. 24 November, 1692, Thomas Moody of
Newbury; died? in 1757; he d. in 1737.
vi. Joseph, b. 24 November, 1674; m. 25 December, 1699, Mary,
daughter of Caleb Moody of Newbury, by whom he had several
children; d. 24 January, 1755; shed. 16 April, 1753.
vii. Benjamin, b. 11 August, 1676; d. 31 August, 16Y7.
viii. Moses, b. 10 July, 1678; Harvard College 1699, Rev.; vras minister
of Byfield Parish, Newbury; m. in 1703 Elizabeth, daughter of
Richard Dummer of Newbury; she d. 15 January, 1704, and he
m. secondly Mary, daughter of William Moody of Newbury, by
whom be had several children; d. 16 January, 1744; she d. 17
4. rV. John Hale, eldest son of John, born at Newbury 2 Sep-
tember, 1661; married 16 October, 1683, Sarah, daughter of Henry
Jaques; died 4 March, 1726. Children, born at Newbury:
i. Rebecca, b. 18 February, 1685; m. in 1703 Jonathan Poor of New-
bury; he d. 30 June, 1742, and she m. secondly, 27 December,
1742, Jonathan Jewett of Rowley; d. 16 March, 1760; he d. 26
ii. John, b. 24 June, 1686. 5
iii. Richard, b. 21 September, 1688; d. 29 September, 1688.
iv. Henry, b. 28 August, 1689; d. 2 February, 1690.
V. Richard, b. 9 November, 1690; m. 16 March, 1715, Mary Silver,
by whom he had several children; d. in 1771.
vi. Stephen, b. 12 April, 1693; m. 15 October, 1718, Sarah Swett; d.
vii. Sarah, b. 3 February, 1695; m. 19 July, 1720, John Weed,
viii. Samuel, b. 21 March, 1697; d. in 1722.
ix. Benjamin, b. 24 March, 1699; m. 26 December, 1729, Judith Swett,
by whom he had s-everal children; d. 29 July, 1770.
f Anne, b. 3 January, 1701; d. 6 January, 1701.
I Mary, b. 3 January, 1701 ; d. 6 January, 1701.
xii. Margaret, b. 8 Januar}', 1702.
xiii. Ann, b. 24 October, 1703; d. young,
xiv. Mary, b. 28 December, 1704; m. 13 November, 1728, Henry Dole
XV. Ruth, b. 17 November, 1706; m. 12 December, 1727, John Pearson
' of Rowley,
xvi. Anne, b. 18 January, 1710; m. 11 December, 1733, Daniel Knight
5. V. John Hale, eldest son of John, born at Newbury 24 June,
1686; married 25 July, 1716, Patience, daughter of William Dole;
she died 30 March, 1719, and he married secondly Mary ; died
in 1770. His will is printed page 42. Children, born at Newbury :
i. Abigail, b. 1 August, 1717; d. 19 August, 1717.
EARLY WILLS. 61
ii. Patience, b. 22 March, 1719. 6
iii. Mehitable, b. in 1734; m. 28 January, 1752, Daniel Clarke; d. at
Boscawen, N. H., 2 January, 1815.
iv. John, b. in 1736; m. 25 March, 1778, Mary Willett, by whom he
had one daughter; d. 17 August, 1815; she d. 14 October, 1823.
V. Elizabeth, b. 1 March, 1741; m. 30 March, 1758, Stephen Swett.
vi. Nathaniel, b. 21 October, 1743.
6. VI. Patience Hale, eldest child of John, born at Newbury
22 March, 1719; married at Newbury 1 March, 1739, Nathaniel
Coffin of Falmouth; died at Falmouth 31 January, 1772; he died 12
The Lowle Family.
This family is traced back in England for several generations.
The following pedigree is found at the British Museum in Ms. Har-
leian, 1559 :
William Lowle of Yardley in com. Worcester= dau. of . . . .Lytleton.
James Lowle= .... dau. of .... Baskervile. Andrew. Samuel.
I . ^ ' ' '
Raffe Lowle^ .... dau. of ... . Haselrigg. George. Edmond. Andrew.
Walter Lowle= Joane, dau. of .... Russell. Thomas. Anthony. Sabity.
Richard Lowle dyed at Yardley in com. Worster,= .... dau. of Turner.
and is there buried with this coate.*
Thomas Lowle= . . . .dau. of . . . .Mayhouse. Richard.
I ~, i i
John Lowle dyed at= .... dau. of ... . Wake. William. Thomas. Roger.
in com. Somerset.
John Lowle=Apolyn, dau. of Richard Leversedge. Roger.
1 i j
Richard Lowle=. . . .dau. of .... Percivall. Edmond. John.
Percivall Lowle, 1591, in New England 1639.
John Lowle of the eighth generation was of Fortbury in Somer-
setshire, where he died in 1552, leaving a wife Apolyn, a son Richard,
and a sister Mary Collins. Richard of the ninth generation lived at
* The Lowles bore, Sable, a dexter hand couped at the wrist, grasping three darts, one
in pale and two in saltire, Argent.
62 EARLY WILLS.
Portbury; liis wife was undoubtedly daughter of Edmund Percival*
of Weston-in-Gordano, a neighboring parish, who belonged to the
great family, from which descends the Earl of Egmont. Her an-
cestry may be read in various English works. Unfortunately the
early parish registers of Clevedon, of Weston-in-Gordano, of Port-
bury, and of Kingston-Seymour, have all disappeared, leaving in
doubt many facts, which their existence might prove, and forcing us
to depend too much on uncertain conjectures.
X. Percival Lowle, son of Richard, was of Kingston-Seymour
and Portbury, Somersetshire, England; came to New England in
1639, and settled at Newbury ; had wife Rebecca; he died 8 January,
1665; she died 28 December, 1645. Children, born in England :
i. Richard, b. about 1602. 2
ii. John, b. ; was apprenticed in 1G19 to Richard Baugh of
Bristol, glover, and admitted citizen of Bristol in 1629; m. Mary
, by whom he had several children ; she d., and he m.
secondly Elizabeth, daughter of widow Pllizabeth Goodale of
Newbury, by whom he had children; Freeman 2 June, 1641,
Deputy "7 March, 1644; d. 10 July, 1647 ; she d. 23 April, 1651.
iii. Joanna, b. ; m. John Oliver of Newbury, and had an only
child Mary ;t he died in 1642, and she married secondly 17 April,
1645, William Gerrish of Newbury; d. 14 June, 1677; he d. at
Salem 9 August, 1687.
iv. Ann, b. ; m. Thomas Milward of Newbury; he d. 1 Sep-
tember, 1653, and she m. secondly 26 December, 1654, Daniel
Pierce of Newbury; d. 27 November, 1690; he d. 27 Novem-
2. XI. Richard Lowle, probably elder son of Percival, born in
England about 1602; came to New England with his father, bring-
ing a wife, who died at Newbury in 1642; he married secondly
Margaret ; was a signer of the petition of 1666; he died 5
August, 1682, aged about 80. His will is printed page 6. Children :
i. Percival, b. about 1639; m. at Newbury 7 September, 1664, Mary
Chandler, by whom he had several children ; she d. 5 February,
ii. Rebecca, b. at Newbury 27 January, 1641. 3
iii. Samuel, b. in Newbury in 1644; is said to have gone to England,
and remained there,
iv. Thomas, b. at Newbury 28 September, 1649; probably d. unmarried.
3. XII. Rebecca Lowle, only daughter of Richard, born at
Newbury 27 January, 1641 ; married 5 December, 1660, John Hale;
died 1 June, 1662; he died 2 June, 1707.
• This Edmund Percival had four daughters, who in the " History of the House of
Yvery " arc said to liave died without issue, but the manuscript there quoted as authority
contains no such statement.
t Mary Oliver married Samuel Appleton of Ipswich, and was great-great-great-grand-
mother of the author.
EARLY WILLS. 63
The Jaques Family.
Henry Jaques, first of the name in this country, was born in
England, possibly in Wiltshire, about 1618; came to New England
in 1640, and settled at Newbury; married 8 October, 1648, Ann,
daughter of Richard Knight; was Freeman of the Colony of Massa-
chusetts 19 May, 1669; was a carpenter, and employed in 1661 in
building the new meeting-house at Newbury; in 1667 was an asso-
ciate of Daniel Pierce in the grant of Woodbridge, New Jersey ; died
at Newbury 24 February, 1687, aged 69; she died 22 February,
1704. His will is printed page 15. Children, born at Newbury:
i. Henry, b. 30 July, 1649; m. ; moved to Woodbridge, N. J.;
d. there before his father, leaving three sons.
ii. Mary, b. 12 November, 1651; d. 13 October, 1653.
iii. Mary, b. 23 October, 1653; m. 7 May, 1674, Richard Brown of
Newbury; he d. 12 October, 1716.
iv. Hannah, b. ; m. 15 January, 1680, Ephraim Plummer of
Newbury; he d. in ? 1715.
V. Richard, b. in 1658; m. 18 January, 1682, Ruth, daughter of Sam-
uel Plummer of Newbury, by whom he had a posthumous son
Richard; d. 28 May, 1683.
vi. Stephen, b. 9 September, 1 661 ; m. 13 May, 1684, Deborah, daughter
of Samuel Plummer of Newbury, by whom he had several chil-
dren; d. in 1744.
vii. Sarah, b. 20 March, 1664. 2
viii. Daniel, b. 20 February, 1667; m. 20 March, 1693, Mary Williams
of Newbury, by whom he had children ; she d., and he m. secondly
ix. Elizabeth, b. 28 October, 1669; m. Richard Knight of Newbury.
X. Ruth, b. 14 April, 1672; m. 29 November, 1692, Stephen Emery
of Newbury; d. 9 January, 1764; he d. 1 February, 1747.
xi. Abigail, b. 11 March, 1674; m. Benjamin Knight of Newbury; he
d. in 1737.
2. n. Sarah Jaques, fourth daughter of Henry, born at New-
bury 20 March, 1664; married 10 October, 1683, John Hale, who
died 4 March, 1726.
The Dole Family.*
The researches of the late Horatio G-. Somerby traced this family
back to Richard Dole of Rangeworthy, Gloucestershire, England,
tanner. In his will, written 9 April, 1606, proved 12 September,
1609, he mentioned his wife Dorothy, his sons William and Giles,
and his daughter Alice. From the register of the parish of Range-
worthy we learn that Richard Dole was buried there 29 May, 1609,
and his son Giles 6 February, 1622 ; Alice married 1 June, 1614,
• See New-England Historical and Genealogical Register, XXXVIII, 74.
64 EARLY WILLS.
2. 11. William Dole, son of Richard, married at Rangeworthy
9 May, 1G22, Joane Hale. Children, born at Rangeworthy:
i. Richard, bapt. 31 December, 1G22. 3
ii. Dorotliy, bupt. 11 April, 1G24.
iii. William, bupt. 5 February, 1G26.
iv. Joan, bapt. 28 December, 1028.
3. III. Richard Dole, elder son of William, born at Range-
worthy in 1G22 ; was called of Thornbury, a neighboi-ing parish,
when he apprenticed himself for seven years from 7 September,
1637, to John Lowle, then of Bristol, glover; came to New Eng-
land with the Lowles in 1639, and settled at Js^ewbury; married 3
May, 1647, Hannah, daughter of Henry Rolfe ; was Deputy to the
special General Court of 16 September, 1673, but apparently to no
other; his wife died 16 November, 1678, and he married secondly
4 March, 1679, Hannah, widow of Samuel Brocklebank of Rowley;
she died 6 September, 1690, and he married thirdly (the marriage-
contract dated 29 October, 1690) Patience, probably daughter of
Joseph Jewett of Rowley, widow of Shubael Walker; died in 1705.
His will is printed page 18. Children, born at Newbury:
i. John, b. 10 August, 1648; a Doctor; m. 23 October, 1676, Mary,
daughter of William Gerrish of Newbury, by whom he had sev-
eral children ; d. iu January, 1 695.
ii. Richard, b. 6 September, 1650; m. 7 June, 1677, Sarah, daughter
of Stephen Greenleaf of Newbury, by whom he had several chil-
dren; d. 1 August, 1723; she d. 1 September, 1718.
iii. Ann, b. 26 March, 1652; d. 6 July, 1653.
iv. Benjamin, b. 14 June, 1654; probably d. young.
v. Joseph, b. 5 August, 1657; probably d. young.
vi. William, b. 11 April, 1660. 4
vii. Henry, b. 9 March, 1663; m. 3 November, 1686, Sarah, daughter
of Samuel Brocklebank of Rowley, by whom he had two daugh-
ters; d. 13 September, 1690; she m. secondly 29 March, 1693,
Nathaniel Coffin, and d. 20 April, 1750.
viii. Hannah, b. 23 October, 1665; m. 18 May, 1692, John Moody of
Newbury; he d. in ? 1737.
ix. Api)hia, b. 7 December, 1668; m. Peter Coffin of Gloucester; d. at
Newbury 14 April, 1725; he d. 19 January, 1747.
X. Abner, b. 8 March, 1672; m. 1 November, 1694, Mary, daughter
of Jeremiah Jewett of Rowley, by whom he had a son ; she d.
25 November, 1695, and he m. secondly at Boston 5 January,
1699, Sarah Belcher of Boston, by whom he had children; d. in
1739; shed. 21 July, 1730.
4. lY. William Dole, fifth son of Richard, born at Newbury 11
April, 1660; married 13 October, 1684, Mary, daughter of Samuel
Brocklebank of Rowley; 31 March, 1685, William Dole and Mary
Brocklebank, now his wife, owned to Ipswich Court the sin of forni-
cation, and he was fined four pounds with fees, all of which was paid;
he died 31 January, 1718. His will is printed page 34. Children,
born at Newbury :
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i. William, b. 12 January, 1685; m. 2 February, 1714, Rebecca,
daughter of John Pearson of Rowley, by whom he had several
children; d. 5 August, 1752.
ii. Hannah, b. 28 March, 1686; m. Richard Kelly,
iii. Mary, b. 1 February, 1688; m. in 1708 Joshua Boynton ; d. 26
December, 1777; he d. 29 October, 1770.
iv. Richard, b. 31 December, 1689; m. 21 May, 1719, Sarah, daughter
of Stephen Emery, by whom he had several children; d. 10
V. Jane, b. 23 January, 1692; m. 17 August, 1711, Joseph Noyes.
vi. Patience, b. 8 April, 1694. 5
vii. Apphia, b. 13 May, 1696; d. 1 April, 1753.
viii. Samuel, b. 1 June, 1699; m. 30 October, 1720, Elizabeth Knight,
by whom he had several children; d. 15 December, 1776.
ix. Benjamin, b. 2 July, 1702; m. , by whom
he had several children; d. 4 January, 1776.
5. y. Patience Dole, fourth daughter of William, born at New-
bury 8 April, 1694; married 25 July, 1716, John Hale; died 30
March, 1719; he died in 1770.
The Rolpe Family.*
Much more of error than of fact has been printed about this
family, which was founded in this country by two brothers John
Rolfe and Henry Rolfe.
John Roaff, (so spelled), aged 50, with wife Ann and daughter
Hester, of Melcliitt Park, Wiltshire, England, came to New England
from Southampton 24 April, 1638, in the Confidence of London; he
was first of Newbury, Freeman 6 September, 1639, later of Salis-
bury; was a proprietor of Nantucket; died 8 February, 1664.
Henry Rolfe was an early settler at Newbury ; had wife Honour ;
died at Newbury 1 March, 1643; she died at Charlestown 19 De-
cember, 1650. His will is printed page 7 ; hers page 8. Children :
i. Ann, b. about 1626; m. Thomas Blanchard of Charlestown; he d.
in 1651, and she m. secondly Richard Gardner of Charlestown
and Woburn; he d. 29 May, 1698.
ii. Hannah, b. . 2
iii. John, b. ; m. at Newbury 4 December, 1656, Mary,
daughter of Samuel Scullard, by whom he had several children;
lived at Newbury, Nantucket, and Cambridge; d. at Newbury
30 September, 1681.
iv. Benjamin, b. about 1638; m. at Newbury 3 November, 1659,
Apphia, daughter of Thomas Hale, by whom he had several
children; d. 10 August, 1710; she d. 24 December, 1708.
2. II. Hannah Rolfe, daughter of Henry, born in England;
married at Newbury 3 May, 1647, Richard Dole; died 16 Novem-
ber, 1678; he died 30 July, 1705.
* See New-England Historical and Genealogical Register, III., 149, XXXVI, 143.
QQ EARLY WILLS.
The Foster Family.*
William Foster, first of this family in New England, is found at
Charlcstown in 1G52, in which year he and Ann his wife were ad-
mitted to the Church. Before this, all concerninj^ him is conjecture.
He was very possibly of Boston 1645 with a wife Susanna; he may
also have been the passenger of iiis name in the Hercules from
Southampton, England, in April, 1634; and this passenger was not
improbably son of Richard Foster of Romsey in Hampshire, bap-
tized there 22 January, 1G15. At any rate
William Foster of Charlcstown married Ann, daughter of Wil-
liam Brackenbury ; he was a sea-captain, and in 1669 master of the
Dolphin; Cotton Mather in the ^' Magjialia Christi Americana,^' HI.
183, has the following mention of him in the life of the Rev. John
" There was a Godly Gentleman of Charlstown, one Mr. Foster,
who with his Son, was taken Captive by TarklslL Enemies. Much
Prayer was employed, both privately and publickly, by the good
People here, for the Redemption of that Gentleman ; but we were
at last informed, that the Bloody Prince, in whose Dominions he was
now a Slave, was resolved that in his Life-time no Prisoner should
be relased; and so the Distressed Friends of this Prisoner now
concluded, Our Hope is lost! Well, upon tiiis, Mr. Eliot, in some
of his next Prayers, before a very solemn Congregation, very broadly
beg'd, Heavenly Father, work for the Redemption of thy poor Servant
Foster; and if the Prince which detains him ivill not, as they say, dis-
miss him as long himself lives. Lord, ive p>ray thee to kill tJtat Cruel
Prince ; kill him, and glorify thy self i/pon him. And now behold the
Answer : The poor Captiv'd Gentleman quickly returns to us that
had been mourning for him as a lost Man, and brings us News, that
the Prince which had hitherto held him, was come to an Untimely
Death, by which means he was how set at Liberty."
The dates of his captivity and release are approximately fixed.
John Hull wrote in his diary 1671 " 8 ber 21. We received intelli-
gence that William Foster, master of a small ship, was taken by the
Turks as he was going to Bilboa with fish. (He was redeemed, and
came home 9ber 1673.)" Rev. Samuel Danforth of Roxbury wrote,
"21. 8"". 1671 We heard y® sad & heavy Tiding concerning y** cap-
tivity of Capt. Foster & his sonn at Sally." " 1673. 3"». Tidings
concerning the redemjjtion of m"" Foster of Charlstown fro captivity
after neer 18 moneth slavery and his return to London, his sonn
William coming home to his mother at Charlestown, having been
his father's companion in bondage." " 1673. 1. 10'". Captain Foster
returned home after his Captivity." In the " American Historical
Record " for September, 1872, was printed a poem written by the
* See New England Historical and Genealogical Register, XXV, 67.
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Rev. Michael Wigsjlesworth "Upon y® return of my dear friend M""
Foster w*"^ his son out of captivity under y'^ Moors."
28 April, 1695, he was chosen Deacon of the Church of Charles-
town, but " excused himself because of y'' Infirmity of his Age." His
good social position is shown by the fact that his son Isaac stood
first in rank in a class of eleven at Harvard College. He died 8
May, 1698, called on town-record " Navegat^ aged about 80 years";
she died 22 September, 1714. His will is printed page 36. Chil-
dren, born at Charlestown :
i. William, b. ; only known as taken prisoner with his father.
ii. Isaac, b. in 1652; Harvard College 1671, Rev.; Fellow of Harvard
College 22 May, 1 678 ; Freeman of Massachusetts 2 October, 1 678 ;
in 1680 was settled over the P^irst Church of Hartford, Conn.;
m. the same year Mehitable, daughter of Samuel Wyllis of Hart-
ford, widow of Daniel Russell of Charlestown, by whom he had
a daughter Ann;* d. 20 August, 1682; she m. thirdly Rev.
Timothy Woodbridge, his successor in the church of Hartford;
d. 21 December, 1698.
iii. Sarah, b. in 1654; m. Benjamin Moore of Charlestown; he d. in
1680, and she m. secondly 9 August, 1682, Zechariah Long of
Charlestown ; he d. 28 March, 1688, and she m. thirdly 24 Sep-
tember, 1690, Caleb Stanly of Hartford, Conn. ; d. 30 August,
iv. John, b. 15 July, 1656; d. 19 December, 1659.
V. Ann, b. in 1658; m. Eleazer Phillips of Charlestown; d. 1 Decem-
ber, 1695; hed. 29 April, 1709.
vi. Mary, b. in 1660; m. 8 August, 1676, James Smith of Charlestown;
he d. 18 September, 1678, and she m. secondly 18 April, 1681,
Timothy Phillips of Charlestown ; d. 30 April, 1755; he d. 7
vii. Richard, b. 10 August, 1663. 2
viii. Elizabeth, b. 5 April, 1665; m. 5 July, 1692, Isaac Goose or Ver-
goose, of Boston; d.? in 1757; he d. 29 November, 1710.
ix. John, b. 10 August, 1666; m. at Charlestown 31 May, 1692, Sarah
Richardson of Newbury, by whom he had four daughters ;t she
d., and he m. secondly at Boston 22 September, 1718, Esther
Lothrop ; was a sea-captain ; d. 14 June, 1723 ; she m. secondly
12 September, 1726, Francis Norwood of Gloucester.
X. Deborah, b. 28 February, 1668; d. 22 April, 1668.
2. II. Richard Foster, fourth son of William, born at Charles-
town 10 August, 1663; married 4 May, 1686, Parnel, daughter and
* She m. 29 November, 1699, Rev. Thomas Buckingham of Hartford, who d. 19 Novem-
ber, 1731, and she m. secondly Rev. William Burnham of Kensington, Conn. ; d. in 1765:
he d. 23 September, 1750.
t The daughters v^ere :
i. Abigail, b. at Charlestown, 20 April, 1693; m. 11 May, 1710, Jabez Salter of Boston ;
he d. and she m. secondly 15 December, 1715, Edward Craft of Boston.
ii. Sarah, b. at Charlestown 31 August, 1696; d. 15 March, 1698.
iii. Mary, b. at Boston 15 August, 1698; m. 26 June, 1717, Robert Newell of Boston;
he d., and she m. secondly 15 January, 1732, Samuel White of Boston.
iv. Elizabeth, b. about 1713; m. 13 November, 1735, John Smart of Boston; he d., and
she m. secondly 14 February, 1740, Sendall Williams of Boston.
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heiress of Isaac Winslow; was a sea-captain; died in 1745; she
died in 1751. His will is printed page 43. Children, born at
i. Parnel, b. 23 February, 1687; d. U November, 1687.
ii. Richard, b. 28 November, 1689; d. 11 February, 1694.
iii. Mary, b. 16 February, 1692; m. 9 December, 1712, Samuel Gary
of Charlestown; d. 23 December, 1718 ; he d. 27 February, 1741.
iv. Richard, b. 23 March, 1694; m. Sarah, daughter of John Emerson
of Charlestown, by whom he had four children;* she d. 16
November, 1724, and he m. secondly 21 October, 1725, Mary,
dauiibter of John Foye of Charlestown, by whom he had eleven
children;* was High-Sheriff of Middlesex, 1731-64, Associate
Justice of Court of Common Pleas for Middlesex, 1764-71; d.
29 August, 1774 ;-f she d. 26 October, 1774.
V. Parnel, b. 25 August, 1696; m. in 1718 John Codman of Charles-
town; d. 15 September, 1752; he d. in 1755.
vi. Ann, b. 8 November, 1699; m. 6 November, 1721, Rev. Daniel
Perkins of Bridgewater; d. 7 July, 1750 ; he d. 29 September,
vii. Sarah, b. 16 November, 1701 ; m. 19 July, 1723, Dr. Peter Calef
of Charlestown, who d. 11 October, 1735.
viii. Isaac, b. 3 January, 1704. 3
ix. Elizabeth, b. 21 August, 1706; m. Timothy McDaniel of Charles-
town; d. 22 October, 1766; he d. 10 November, 1766.
X. Katharine, b. 6 April, 1713; d. 11 February, 1716.
3. III. Isaac Foster, younojest son of Richard, born at Charles-
town 3 January, 1704; married 24 August, 1732, Eleanor, daughter
of William Wyer ; was a sea-captain, making frequent voyages be-
tween Boston and Europe, and afterwards a merchant; was a promi-
nent citizen of Charlestown, taking an active part in public affairg
during the years just before the Revolution, and his name often
occurs in the History of the Town; after the burning of Charlestown
he lived at Boston, where he died 27 December, 1780; she died
at Charlestown 5 March, 1798. Children, born at Charlestown:
i. William, b. 27 May, 1733; Harvard College 1752; d. 3 December,
* Of these fifteen children, two died in infancy, five others certainly died unmarried;
the other eif,'lit were all daugliters and born at Charlestown, viz.: —
i. Sarah, 1). in 1718; m. 22 March, 1738, Samuel Bradstreet of Charlestown ; d. in 1802;
he d. in 175-5.
ii. Mary, b. in 1722; m. 18 June, 1741, Jolm Breed of Charlestown, who d, in 1755,
and she ra. secondly 25 April, 1765, John White of Charlestown; d. in 1814.
iii. Elizabeth, b. 17 September, 1726; m. 9 December, 1748, David Chcever.
iv. Parnel, li. 24 Aupust, 1729; m. 13 October, 1763, Richard Boylston of Charlestown ;
d. 28 July, 1796; he d. 30 June, 1807.
V. Hannah, b. in 1731; m. 22 November, 1753, Ebenezer Kent of Charlestown; d. soon;
he d. in 1767.
vi. Ann, b. 24 July, 1736; m. 29 October, 1767, John Austin of Charlestown; d. 27
January, 1798; he d. 16 October, 1824.
vii. Katharine, b. in 1738; m. in 1772, John Sprague of Lancaster, C. J. C. C. P. for
Worcester; d. at Lancaster 5 May 1787; he d. 28 September, 1800.
viii. Abigail, b. in 1739 or 1740; m. 22 September, 1768, Isaac Codman.
t An engraving of his tomb, with a Foster coat of arms, may be seen in the Hekaldic
Journal for 1865.
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ii. Isaac, b. in 1738; d. young.
iii. Isaac, b. 28 August, 1740; Harvard College 1758; m. 4 July,
1765, Martha, daughter of Thaddeus Mason of Cambridge, by
whom he had three daughters;* she died 21 September, 1770,
and he m. secondly, 8 September, 1771, Mary, daughter of Richard
Russell of Charlestown, by whom he had two daughters ;* was a
physician, and a prominent citizen; member of the first Provin-
cial Congress of Massachusetts in October, 1774; surgeon in the
service of the United Colonies, 1775-80; d. at Boston 27
February, 1781 ;t she m. secondly, 8 June, 1783, John Hurd of
Boston, and d. 14 January, 1786.
iv. Thomas, b. in 1741; d. young.
V. Edward, b. in 1744; d. young.
vi. Eleanor, b. 4 August, 1746. 4
vii. Richard, b. in 1748; d. young.
4. lY. Eleanor Foster, only daughter of Isaac, born at Charles-
town, 4 August, 1746; married at Charlestown 30 October, 1769,
Dr. Nathaniel Coffin of Portland; died at Portland 8 September,
1822; he died 18 October, 1826.
The following notice appeared in the Continental Journal of
Thursday, 4 January, 1781 :
On Wednesday evening the 27th ult. died at his House in Back
Street, of a paralitic disorder, Capt. Isaac Foster, aged 78, late of
the unfortunate town of Charlestown. This Gentleman early in life
entered into the Sea service, in which his diligence, activity and
fidelity, soon raised him to a considerable command, after having
made near forty voyages to Europe, as commander of a vessel, he
returned to his family to remain with them, and promised himself
in his old age, a rich enjoyment with his friends and family, of the
labours of his youth ; in this wish he was in a great measure indulged,
and was honored with the principal offices of the town he resided in,
until the commencement of hostilities between Great-Britain and
America ; upon which he took an open and active part in the cause
of his country, by the destruction of Charlestown, at the memorable
battle of Bunker-Hill, he was striped of great part of his hard earned
property, and driven from his home. What was most distinguishing
in his character, was a truly catholic disposition, which inclined him
to think the best of all sects of christians, a benevolence of heart,
* The daughters were :
i. Martha, b. at Charlestown 11 May, 1766; d. 4 May, 1768.
ii. Eleanor, b. at Charlestown 4 November, 1767 ; m. 8 January, 1804, Thomas Bellows
of Walpole, N. H.; d. 29 August, 1840; he d. 18 April, 1848.
iii. Martha, b. at Charlestown 19 September, 1769; d. young.
iv. Mary Beal, b. at Charlestown 17 August, 1774; m. in 1792 William Pratt of Boston,
afterwards of Liverpool, England, where she d. 15 August, 1836 ; he d. 5 Feb-
V. Nancy or Ann, b. at Boston 9 October, 1777; ra. at Walpole, N. H., 28 May, 1819,
Edward Reynolds of Boston ; d. 1 January, 1866 ; he d. 2 November, 1848.
t See in Atlantic Monthly for May, 1859, " A Bundle of Old Letters." With him seems
to have ended the male line of descendants of William Foster.
70 EARLY WILLS.
that made liiin always ready to assist the distressed, a love to his
country, wliicli disposed him to make the greatest sacrifices in its
service ; but above all, an uncommon openness, honesty and integrity
of mind, which alone, if there is any justice in Mr. Pope's remark,
is no small character,
''A Wit's a Feather, and a Chief's a Rod,
An honest Man's the noblest work of God."
The Brackenbury Family.
William Brackenbury, born in England about 1602, was among
the early settlers of New England, coming probably in the fleet with
Winthrop, 1 630, with wife Ann and daughter Ann ; lived at Charles-
town; was one of those desiring to be made Freemen 19 October,
1630, but was not Freeman till 4 March, 1633; was Constable of
Charlestown 1638, and Selectman; moved to Maiden, where he was
a prominent citizen; had a second wife Alice; died in August, 1668,
aged 66; she died 28 December, 1670, or 24 January, 1671, aged
10. His will is printed page 23. Children :
i. Ann, b. in England about 1629. 2
ii. Mary, b. at Charlestown in 1634; m. John Ridgway of Maiden;
d. 24 December, 1670.
ill. Samuel, b. at Charlestown 10 February, 1646; Harvard College
.1664; Freeman 7 May, 1673; was a physician, but preached at
Rowley two years, probably about 1669-71 ; m. Mercy, daughter
of Rev. Michael Wigglesworth of Maiden, by whom he had chil-
dren ;* lived at Maiden, but moved to Boston, where he d. 16
January, 1678; she m. secondly Rev. Samuel Belcher of Ipswich,
and d. 14 November, 1728.
2. II, Ann Brackenbury, eldest child of William, born in
England about 1629; was undoubtedly the child of nine years, who
figures in a painful adventure in the Addenda to Winthrop's History
of New England under date of 1637. 5. 3; married William Foster;
died 22 September, 1714, aged 85; he died 8 May, 1698.
The Winslow Family.j
This family is traced back with sufficient certainty to Kenelm
Winslow of Kempsey, Worcestershire, England, who is recorded
as living in 1559, and several years before and after; he had two
sons, Richard and Edward, and is probably the same person as
Kenelm Winslow of St. Andrew's in the city of Worcester, who died
• See New-Englaud Historical and Genealogical Register, XLVI., 178.
t See Thacher's History of Plj'mouth, Deane's History of Scituate, the New-England
Historical and Genealogical Register, IV. 297, XVII. 159, XXI. 209, XXV. 355, XXVI. 69,
and the Winslow Memorial.
EARLY WILLS. 71
in 1607, leaving wife Katherine, and children and grandchildren.
Unfortunately for our positive information concerning the family,
the early register of Kempsey is lost, the oldest volume dating only
from 1688; the early register of St. Andrew's, Worcester, is also
Richard Winslow, son of Kenelm, married Alice, daughter of
Edward Hardman, lived at Kempsey, and died 20 May, 1659,
2. II. Edward Winslow, son of Kenelm, married at St. Bride's,
Fleet Street, London, 4 November, 1594, Magdalen Oliver; lived
at Droitwich, Worcestershire ; nothing is known of the date of his
death, except that it was before 1631. Children, born at Droitwich :
i. Edward, b. 18 October, 1595; joined the Pilgrims at Leyden in
Holland in 1617; m. there 16 May, 1618, Elizabeth Barker;
came to New England in the Mayflower, 1620; his wife d. at
Plymouth 24 March, 1621, and he m. secondly, 12 May, 1621,
Susanna, widow of William White ; lived at Marshfield, was often
an Assistant, and three years Governor of Plymouth Colony;
d. on an expedition against the Spanish West Indies 8 May, 1654,
leaving a son and daughter; she d. at Marshfield 1 October, 1680.
ii. John, b. 17 April, 1597. 3
iii. Elenor, b. 23 April, 1598.
iv. Kenelm, b. 2 May, 1599; probably came to New England in 1629;
m. in June, 1634, Elinor, widow of John Adams of Plymouth, by
whom he had several children ; lived at Marshfield ; d. at Salem
12 September, 1672; she d. at Marshfield 5 December, 1681.
V. Gilbert, b. 28 October, 1600; came in the Mayflower 1620; lived
only a few years at Plymouth ; returned to England, where he
d. before 1650.
vi. Elizabeth, b. 1 March, 1602; d. in 1605.
vii. Magdalen, b. 26 December, 1604.
viii. Josiah, b. 11 February, 1606; came to New England in 1631, land-
ing at Saco ; m. at Scituate, where he lived for a time, Margaret
Bourne, by whom he had several children ; settled at Marshfield,
where he d. 1 December, 1674; she d. in 1683.
3. III. John Winslow, second son of Edward, born at Droitwich
n April, 1597; came to Plymouth in the Fortune, 1623; married
about 1627 Mary, daughter of James Chilton; moved to Boston in
1657; was a signer of the petition of 1666 ; died in 1674; she died
in 1679. His will is printed page 24, and hers page 27. Children,
all probably born at Plymouth :
i. Susannah, b. ; m. in 1649 Robert Latham of Plymouth.
ii. Mary, b. in 1630 ; m. 16 January, 1651, Edward Gray of Plymouth;
d. in 1663; he d. in June, 1681.
iii. John, b. ; m. EHzabeth , by whom he had children ;
she d., and he m. secondly Judith ; d. in October, 1683.
iv. Edward, b. about 1634; m. Sarah, daughter of William Hilton,
grand-daughter of Edmund Greenleaf (p. 55 j, by whom he had
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children ; she d. 4 April, 1G07, and he m. secondly Pilizabeth,
daughter of Edward Hutchiusoii, by whom he had children ; d. in
V. Sarah, b. ; m. at Boston 19 July, 1660, Miles Standish ; he
d. soon, and she m. secondly in November, 16G6, Tobias Payne;
he d. 12 September, 1009, and she m. thirdly, in 1672, Richard
Middlecott; d. 10 June, 1726; he d. 13 June, 1704.
vi. Joseph, b. ; m. Sarah, dausjliter of Thomas Lawrence, by
whom he had children ; moved to Long Island; d. in 1679; she
m. secondly Charles Labros.
vii. Samuel, b. in 1641; m. Hannah, daughter of Walter Briggs of
Boston, by whom he had children ; d. 14 October, 1680. 4
viii. Isaac, b. about 1644.
ix. Benjamin, b. 12 August, 1653; d. before 1676.
4. IV. Isaac Winslow, fifth son of John, born at Plymouth about
164i; married at Charlestown, 14 August, 1666, Mary, daughter
of Increase Nowell ; was a merchant; died at Port Royal, Jamaica,
in August 1670; she married secondly 10 September, 1674, John
Long of Charlestown; died in 1728. His will is printed page 38,
and liers page 38. Children, born at Charlestown;
i. Paruel, b. 14 November, 1667. 5
ii. Isaac, b. 22 July, 1670; d. 24 or 25 August, 1670.
5. V. Parnel Winslow, only surviving child of Isaac, born at
Charlestown 14 November, 1667 ; married 4 May, 1686, Richard
Foster; died in 1751 ; he died in 1745.
The Chilton Family.
James Chilton came to Plymouth in the Mayflower in 1620 with
his wife and daughter Mary. He died on board 8 December, 1620,
and his wife died soon after. According to Gov. Bradford's record,
"They had an other dough ter, y' was married, came afterward." The
Rev. Henry M. Dexter found on the records of Leyden in Holland sev-
eral entries of the name of Chilton in curious forms of Dutch spelling.
One of these is the marriage 22 July, 1615, of Roger Chandler
clotli worker from Colchester and Isabella Tgiltron from Canterbury.
This undoubtedly gives us the former residence of James Chilton,
for Roger Chandler is found later at Plymouth, and was dead in
1665. Mr. Joseph M. Cowper of Canterbury, who has carefully
studied the registers of the parish-churches of that city, and edited
some of them lor publication, has found the baptisms and burials of
several children of a James Chilton between 1584 and 1599. Among
them are the baptism of an Isabell at St. Paul's 15 January 1587,
and the burial of a Mary at St. Martin's 23 November, 1593.
Unfortunately he has not yet found the baptism of a second Mary,
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who might have come with her parents to New England, nor has he
found the father and baptism of James the Pilgrim.
Mary Chilton, daughter of James, the heroine of tradition as
the first to leap on Plymouth rock, married about 1627 John Win-
slow; died at Boston in 1679; he died in 1674.
The Nowell Family.
Increase Nowell was one of the prominent among the early
founders of Massachusetts. It has been often stated that " his father
or grandfather was brother to the famous Alexander Nowell, Dean
of St. Paul's in the reign of Queen Elizabeth," and therefore that he
belonged to the very respectable family of Nowell of Read and
Great Merlay, in the parish of Whalley, Lancashire, England.
Researches made for me have as yet failed to prove this connection ;
but it has been found impossible to obtain any trace of certain
nephews of Dean Alexander Nowell, sons of his brother Laurence,
Dean of Lichfield. I presume one of them was father of Increase.
The first mention we have of Increase Nowell is a bequest in the
will of John Hale of London, grocer, 10 August, 1620: "Item I
give to Gilbert Marshall and Increse Nowell (yf they deliver up
orderlie Accompts) the somme of tenne poundes apeece to be payed
in five yeres after my decease." He was one of the grantees named
in the Royal Charter of Massachusetts Bay, dated 4 March, 1629,
and he appears as a very regular attendant at the meetings of the
Government in England. He was one of the twelve men, who signed
the agreement at Cambridge in August, 1629, pledging themselves to
go to New England by March, 1 630. He was then living at Wap-
ping, London, with his wife Parnel,* daughter of Thomas Gray of
Harwich in Essex, widow of Parker. He came to New
England in the great fleet in 1630. He was a member of the
First Church of Boston or Charlestown, at which latter town he
remained when the Church was moved to Boston. He was the
principal gentleman among those who stayed at Charlestown, being
the only one dignified with the title Esq. He was an Assistant in
the Government of Massachusetts by election every year from the
first till his death, and acted as Secretary 1636-50. He was a
Selectman of Charlestown nearly every year from 1635 till his
death. He was chosen Ruling Elder of the First Church at its
foundation, but in 1632 resigned this position, which was thought
not compatible with his civil office. Roger Williams wrote to
Gov. Winthrop, " You lately sent musick to our cares, when we
heard you perswaded (& that effectually & successfully) our beloved
Mr. Nowell to surrender up one sword."
* See New England Historical and Genealogical Register, XXXIV, 253.
74 EARLY WILLS.
In 1634 the General Court granted him two hundred acres of
land on the west side of the North River, otherwise called the
Three Mile Brook. In 1635 he was fined ii/ iiij*^ for selling
wine, but a note in the margin of the records states that "it was
lefte in trust w"' him by a friend, to sell for iiim." In 1636 he was
one of the Magistrates to keep particular Courts for Newe Towne,
Waterton, Charlton, Meadford and Concord. In 1639 the General
Court granted him 500 acres of land on the north side of the bounds
of Concord. He was often appointed by the General Court to serve
on important committees, and in 1645 was one of the Committee
for the County of Middlesex '• to consid"^ of & drawe up a body of
lawes, & p''sent y"" to y" consid'"ation of y*' next Gen'"all Co't." In
1653, the Court, taking heed of the poor condition of the College,
appointed a Committee, of which Increase Nowell was chairman,
" to examine the state of the colledge in all respects," especially
in several particular points, with full authority to act in all the
Increase Nowell died 1 November, 1655, and the same month the
General Court passed the following vote: — "Itt is desired, that the
depu''* of each toune comend the condicon of M"" Nowells family to
theire severall tounes, in referenc to some meete recorapence for
the said M"" Nowells service, by way of rate or otherwise, bringing
theire retournes to the next Court of Election." In October, 1656,
" The Court, being sencible of the lowe condicon of the late honnor-
ed M"" Nowells family, & remembring his long service to this com-
onwealth, in the place not only of a magistrate, but secretary also,
for w'='' he had but litle and slender recompenc, & the countries
debts being such as out of the country rate they cannot comfortably
make such an honnorable recompenc to his family as otherwise they
would, judge meete therefore, do give & graunt to M"^' Nowell and
hir Sonne Samuell two thowsand acres of land, to be laid out by M""
Thomas Danforth and Robert Hale, in any part of the countrie not
yett graunted to others, in two or three farmes, that may not hinder
any plantacon to be errected." In April, 1657, the two thousand
acres were laid out on Cocheco river beyond the bounds of Dover.
6 May, 1657, the Court also ordered Messrs. Danforth and Hale
to lay out for Mr. Nowell's executors the three tiiousand two hun-
dred acres of land granted in 1650 to Nowell and Thomas Dudley,
as executors of the will of Isaac Johnson, which land was in 1664
laid out in Marlborough bounds near Quansigamug Pond.
Edward Johnson, in his " Wonder-working Providence of Sions
Saviour in New England," 1654, wrote thus of Increase Nowell: —
"Increase shalt thou, witii honour now, in this thy undertaking.
Thou hast remain'd as yet unstaind, all errors foule forsaking;
To poore and rich, thy Justice much hath manifested bin:
Like Samuel Nathanaell, Christ hath thee fram'd within ;
Thy faithfulnesse, people expresse, and Secretary they
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Chose thee each year, by which appeare, their love with thee
Now Nowell see Christ call'd hath thee, and work thou must for him,
In beating down the triple Crown, and all that his foes ben.
Thus doest thou stand by Christ fraile man, to tell his might can make
Dust do his will, with graces fill, till dust to him he take."
The Eev. William I. Budington spoke thus of Increase Nowell in
his lectures on the History of the First Church, Charlestown : —
" He more than any other man, may be considered the father of the
church and the town. He was a zealous Puritan, an active and
devout Christian, and deserves to be held in grateful esteem by the
citizens of this Commonwealth, and especially by the inhabitants of
Parnell Nowell, his widow, died at Charlestown, 25 March, 1687,
aged 84. His will is printed page 29. Children :
i. Joseph, b. at Wapping, London, in 1629 ; d. in 1629.
ii. Increase, b. at Charlestown 19 Novembor, 1630 ; d. 6 March, 1632.
ill. Abigail, b. at Charlestown 27 April, 1632 ; d. 6 March, 1631:.
iv. Samuel, b. at Charlestown 12 November, 1634; Harvard College
1653, Rev.; Fellow of Harvard 28 February, 1655; studied for
the ministry, but was never settled ; chaplain to the army in the
Narragansett campaign 1675, and at other times; in 1678
preached the Artillery-Election sermon, which was printed;
Freeman of the Colony of Massachusetts 23 May, 1677 ; an As-
sistant 1680-6, a Commissioner of the United Colonies 1684-6,
Treasurer of the Colony of Massachusetts 1685-6; m. Mary,
daughter of William Alford of Boston, widow first of Peter But-
ler of Boston, secondly of Hezekiah Usher of Cambridge, had no
children; d. in London in September, 1688, being there on
behalf of the Colony ; she d. at Boston 4 August, 1693.
V. Eliezer, b. at Charlestown 16 November, 1636; d. 26 November,
vi. Mehitable, b. at Charlestown 2 February, 1638; m. 16 September,
1659, William Hilton of Charlestown ; he d. 7 September, 1675,
and she m. secondly 29 October, 1684, John Cutler of Charles-
town ; d. 29 September, 1711; he d. 12 September, 1694.
vii. Increase, b. at Charlestown in 1640 ; a sailor, of whom no more is
viii. Mary, b. at Charlestown 26 May, 1643. 2 •
ix. Alexander, b. at Charlestown in 1645; Harvard College 1664;
Fellow of Harvard 28 November, 1666 ; Freeman 31 May,
1671; was author of several almanacs; d. 13 July, 1672, "after
long sicknesse and furious distraction and madnesse," according
to the Rev. Samuel Danforth.
2. n. Mary Nowell, youngest daughter of Increase, born at
Charlestown 26 May, 1643; married 14 August, 1666, Isaac
Winslow; he died in August, 1670, and she married secondly 10
September, 1674, John Long of Charlestown, and had children; she
died in 1728; he died 20 July, 1683.
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The Wyer Family.*
Edward Wyer, a Scotcliman, born about 1G22, is first found in
New P]n,i^Iand at Charlestown in 1G58; he married 5 January, 1659,
Elizabeth, daughter of William Johnson ; died 3 May, 1693, aged
71, called on town record "an aged Scotsman"; she married sec-
ondly before 1697 William Munroe of Cambridge and Lexington;
died 14 December, 1715. His will is printed page 40. Children,
born at Charlestown :
i. Elizabeth, b. 10 November, 1G59; m. Benjamin Mirick of Charles-
ii. Edward, b. ; m. 1 September, 1084, Abigail, daughter of
John Lawrence of Charlestown ; d. soon, and she m. secondly
25 December, 1689, Nicholas Lawrence of Charlestown; he d.
28 February, 1711, and she m. thirdly Edward Clifford; d. 11
iii. Robert, b. 10 February, 1664; m. 26 June, 1688, Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of John Fowle of Charlestown; she d. 20 January, 1690, and
he m. secondly Ruth, daughter of John Johnson of Haverhill, by
whom he had several children; d. 14 November, 1709; she d.
26 December, 1742.
iv. Hannah, b. in 1665; m. 15 December, 1686, Nathan Dunkin or
Dunklin of Charlestown.
V. Katharine, b. 5 December, 1666; m. Jonathan AVelch of Charles-
town; d. 4 February, 1709.
vi. Nathaniel, b. 14 June, 1668 ; probably d. young.
vii. Ruhamah, b. 24 December, 1670; m. in 1696 John Hill of Boston,
viii. Eliezer, b. 12 December, 1672; m. Catharine, daughter of Jona-
than Wade of Medford, by whom he had several children ; lived
at Medford, perhaps moved to Dover, N. H.
ix. Zachariah, b. 16 March, 1676; m. at Concord 7 June, 1698, Mary
Jones, by whom he had children, born at Boston; lived at Bos-
ton; d. 23 November, 1717.
X. Sarah, b. 5 March, 1678; m. John Fillebrowu.
xi. William, b. 3 October, 1680. 2
2. II. William Wyer, youngest child of Edward, born at
Charlestown 3 October, 16S0; married 26 October, 1701, Eleanor,
daughter of Thomas Jcnner ; was a sea-captain ; died in February,
1749; she died in December, 1747. His will is printed page 45.
i. William, b. at Boston 26 March, 1703; d. at Charlestown 7 Feb-
ii. Thomas, b. at Charlestown 14 October, 1704; m. 12 November,
1724, Katharine, daughter of Jonathan Dowse of Charlestown,
by whom he had children ; d. before 1747 ; she m. secondly 12
May, 1747, Isaac Johnson of Charlestown; d. at Concord 8
* See New England Historical and Genealogical Register, XXV, 246, XLVI, 178, and
Wymau's Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown.
iii. Edward, b. at Charlestown 8 July, 1706 ; m. Elizabeth , by
whom he had a daughter ; she d. 28 June, 1730, and he m.
secondly , and had Edward,* b. in 1751.
iv. William, b. at Charlestown 11 July, 1710 ; d. 17 December, 1721.
V. David, b. at Charlestown 24 February, 1712; m. 2 February,
1739, Rebecca, daughter of Daniel Russell of Charlestown, by
whom he had several children ; moved to Falmouth, Me.f
vi. Eleanor, b. at Charlestown 14 July, 1714. 3
3. III. Eleanor Wyer, only daughter of William, born at
Charlestown 14 July, 1714; married 24 August, 1732, Isaac Fos-
ter; died 5 March, 1798; he died at Boston 27 December, 1780.
The Johnson Family. |
William Johnson with wife Elizabeth settled at Charlestown in
1634; was Freeman of the Colony of Massachusetts 4 March,
1635; was a brickmaker; died 9 December, 1677; she married
secondly 24 October, 1679, Thomas Carter of Charlestown; died
6 October, 1684. His will is printed page 30. Children:
i. John, b. in 1633; m. at Charlestown 15 October, 1656, Elizabeth,
daughter of Elias Maverick, by whom he had children ; she d.
22 March, 1674, and he ra. secondly 3 March, 1675, widow Sarah
GilloofLynn; she d. 24 July, 1676, and he m. thirdly 8 Sep-
tember, 1680, Catharine, daughter of Skipper, widow of
John Maverick of Charlestown; moved in 1658 to Haverhill,
where he lived, and with his wife was killed by Indians 29 Au-
ii. Ruhamah, b. at Charlestown in 1635; m. 25 April, 1654, John
Knight of Charlestown ; probably d. in 1659 ; he d. 1 December,
iii. Joseph, b. at Charlestown in 1637; m. 19 April, 1664, Mary
Soatlie of Charlestown ; she d. 22 March, 1665, and he m. sec-
ondly in 1666 Hannah, daughter of Thomas Tenny of Rowley,
by whom he had children ; lived at Haverhill ; d. 18 November,
iv. Elizabeth, b. at Charlestown in 1639. 2
v. Jonathan, b. at Charlestown in 1641 ; m. at Marlborough 14 Octo-
ber, 1663, Mary Newton, by whom he had children; soldier
1676; Hved at Marlborough; d. 21 April, 1712; she d. 28
vi. Nathaniel, b. at Charlestown about 1643; m. 24 November, 1668,
Joanna Long of Cambridge, by whom he had children ; d.
about 1678; she m. secondly 10 December, 1678, Christopher
Goodwin of Charlestown.
* This Edward m. Alice ; was a physician ; of Halifax, N. S., 1785, afterwards of
Cambridge ; d. at Menotomy 16 September, 1788, leaving Edward, William and Alice,
t See Sabine's American Loyalists.
X See New England Historical and Genealogical Register, XXXIII.
78 EARLY WILLS.
vii. Zacliariah, b. at Charlestown in 1645; m. Elizabeth, daughter of
John Jefts of Boston, by whom he had children; soldier 1675-6;
moved to Boston, where he d. 25 December, 1727 ; she d. 8
viii. Isaac, b. at Charlestown in 1649 ; m. 22 November, 1671, Mary,
daughter of Nicholas Stone of Boston, by whom he had children ;
sohlier 1675-6; d. at Charlestown 31 August, 1711; she d. in
2. II. Elizabeth Johnson, younger daughter of William, bora
at Charlestown in 1639; married 5 January, 1659, Edward Wyer;
he died 3 May, 1693, and she married secondly before 1697 Wil-
liam Munroe of Cambridge and Lexington; died 14 December,
1715; he died 27 January, 1718.
The Jenner Family.*
Tlic publication by the Massachusetts Historical Society, Volume
XXXVII. 355, of letters of the Rev. Thomas Jenner attracted my
attention to him, and it soon appeared that descendants from him
are living in this country. He was probably born in one of the
Eastern Counties of England, where he may also have been a settled
clergyman. The Rev. Robert Stansby, who wrote of Mr. Jenner in
1637 in a letter in the above-mentioned volume, may have meant
the emigrant, and have been ignorant of his departure from England.
He came to New England about 1635, and soon became the
minister of Weymouth, where eighteen acres of land were granted
to him in June, 1636; he was Freeman of the Colony of Massa-
chusetts 8 December, 1636. From an expression of the Rev.
Stephen Bachiler, on page 104 of the volume quoted before, I judge
him to have been somewhat advanced in life at the time of his
coming. His ministry at Weymouth was unfortunate ; Winthrop
and Hubbard mention the diiferences between the people and Mr.
Jenner. In the latter part of 1640 he moved to Saco, where he is
thought to have been the first settled minister. His arrival was
regarded with favor by Thomas Gorges and Richard Vines, and the
People "willingly contributed for his stipend 47 li. per annum."
He had, however, some " hot discourses, especially about the cere-
monies," and 28 March, 1646, he wrote to Governor Winthrop,
" Mr. Vines is fallen out with me bitterly, and threatens me to my
face, when time shall serve." He thereupon resigned his ministry,
and soon left Saco.
We next hear of him in England in October, 1650, and April,
1651, as living in Norfolk,! and compelled by poverty to part with
his library, which was sold to the Corporation for the Propagation
* See New England Historical and Genealogical Register, XIX., 246.
t See Hutchinson's Collection of Original Papers, I. 257 & 260, and Hazard's State
Papers, II. 180 & 187.
of the Gospel in New England.* The name of his wife is unknown,
and the date of his death; he had certainly three children, two
daughters, who are known only from one of his letters, and a son
2. II. Thomas Jbnner, junior, probably came to New England
with his father, and received at the same time forty-five acres of land
at Weymouth; was Freeman 6 September, 1639, and was, I doubt
not, the Deputy to the General Court in 1640; in 1636 he was
also admitted an inhabitant of Charlestown, where we find him in
1649. The following deed is found in the first volume at the
Suffolk Registry, and in the first volume of " Estates " at the State
House : —
"28(10) 1649 Thomas Jenner of Charlestowne granted unto
Elder Edw. Bates & John Whitman of Waymouth one dwelling
house at Waymouth (now in possession of John King) two orchyards
& twenty-one Acres adjoyning more or lesse, also twelve Acres at
the westerne neck be it more or lessc, also half an Acre uppon
Grape Hand be it more or lesse, also fourty Acres w'^ is his owne
gp lott be it more or lesse, & eighteene Acres w'^'' was his fathers.
Also the round marsh being foure Acres more or lesse and one
Acre of fresh marsh adjoyning, & six Acres of marsh above the
fresh pond, & a wood lott on hingham side. And this was by an
absolute deed of sale dated 28 (10) 1649, & consented to by m""^
Jenner before m"" Nowell."
I presume his wife was Esther Jenner, who joined the Church of
Charlestown 9 July, 1648, but this may have been a sister. Ac-
cording to the diary of Samuel Sewall, she seems to have married
secondly a Mr. Winsley, and to have been his widow in 1686.
Thomas Jenner had certainly two children, John and Thomas ; I
do not know the date of his death or that of his wife.
John Jenner, undoubtedly son of Thomas of Charlestown, was of
Stratford, Conn., before 1650, and was one of the original founders
in 1655 of Brookhaven, Long Island, which was settled by emigrants
mostly from the neighborhood of Boston ; he is named in the patent
of 7 Ma}', 1666; he seems to have married Alice, daughter of
Robert Pigg of New Haven, by whom he had Mary, b. in 1648,
Thomas, b. in 1651, and probably John and Samuelf of Woodbury,
Conn. ; his son Thomas of Brookhaven m. at Charlestown, where
his cousins lived, 9 July, 1685, Marali, daughter of Nicholas March,
and had there Martha, b. 29 May, 1687, and Elizabeth, b. in 1689.
3. III. Thomas Jenner, son of Thomas of Charlestown, born
about 1630; married at Charlestown 22 May, 1655, Rebecca,
daughter of Nicholas Trerice ; was member of the Artillery Com-
pany of Boston 1673; was a sea-captain, and made regular trips
* The original catalogue of the library is in Ms. Rawlinson, C. 934, in the Bodleian
Library at Oxford.
t For descendants of this Samuel see Cothren's History and Genealogy of Ancient
Woodbury, and History of Pittsford, Vt.
80 EARLY WILLS.
between England and New England; was a prisoner in Africa in
1680. He seems to have inherited a taste for the ministry; John
Dunton, who came to Boston as his passenger in 1685, describes
him thus : — " Our Captain, Tho. Jenner, was a rough Covetous
Tarpaulin ; but he understood his Business well enou<j:h, and had
some smatf rings of Divinity in hi s Head. He went to Prayers very
constantly, and took upon him to EXPOUND the Scriptures, which
gave Offence to several of the Passengers." He died in England
in the autumn of 1686; * in 1708 his heirs were the widow, son
David, and daughters Rebecca Lewis, Elizabeth Bur, and Elenor
Wyer; his widow desired "allowance for the Funcrall Charges of
the said deceased, paid in England, X18 is here £22.10; " she died
at Charlestown 23 September, 1 722, aged 86. Children, born at
i. Rebecca, b. 27 February, 1656; m. 3 June, 1673, Samuel Lynde of
Charlestown; he d. in 1681, and she m. secondly, 6 April, 1682,
Robert Lewis of Charlestown, who d. before 170S.
ii. Thomas, b. 20 September, 1658; a soldier iu the Narragansett cam-
paign ; d. before 1 688.
iii. David, b. 20 October, 1663; m. 14 June, 1688, Mabel, daughter of
James Russell of Charlestown, by whom he had six children ;t d.
23 or 24 August, 1709.
iv. Sarah, b. 17 July, 1667; d. 24 August, 1667.
V. Samuel, b. 18 March, 1669; d. before 1688.
Klenor, b. 11 February, 1671 ; d. young.
Elizabeth, b. 11 February, 1671; m. 19 June, 1707, Samuel Bur
of Charlestown; d. in 1756; he d. in 1719.
viii. Elenor, b. 15 February, 1674. 4
4. IV. Elenor Jenner, youngest child of Thomas, born at
Charlestown 15 February, 1674; married 26 October, 1701, William
Wyer; died in December, 1747; he died in February, 1749.
* " Dec. 12. Clutterbuck arrives [from England] and brings news of Capt. Jenner's death,
wide. Winsley's son." Samuel Sewall's diary,
t Of these six children three died young, and the others were;
i. Tlioinas, Ij. at Charlestown 21 Decemlier, 1693. 1
ji. Elizalieth, h. at Boston 27 July, 1696; m. 29 September, 1715, Ezekiel Cheever of
Boston ; d. 5 May, 17'28 ; he d. in 1770.
iii, Abigail, 1). at Boston 19 September, 1700 ; m. 22 September, 1719, Edward Wyer of
Ciiarlestown ; he d. soon, and she m. secondly, 29 November, 1722, John Stevens
of Boston; d. in 1782; he d. in 1735.
1. Thomas Jennek, born at Ciiarlestown 21 December, 1693; married 3 July, 1718,
Joanna, daughter of Samuel Everton of Charlestown; died 23 June, 1765 ;t she died 16
May, 1771 ; he had twelve children, born at Charlestown, of whom seven died young; the
others were :
i. Mabel, b. 23 January, 1725; m. 9 July, 1747, Rev. Samuel Bird of Dorchester and
New ilavcn ; d. soon : he d. 3 May, 1781.
ii. David, b. 20 October, 1732; Harvard College 1753; d. 1 July, 1754, drowned in
crossing the ferry alone in a canoe.
iii. Joanna, b. in January, 1734; m. 1 March, 1753, Edward Games of Boston; d. 21
July, 1772; he d. 19 August, 1782.
iv. Samuel, 1). 3 November, 173.3; m. 17 July, 1757, Mary Sherrard of Boston; was of
Charlestown 1771, but 1 know no more.
V. Abigail, b. in February, 1744; m. at Boston 1 November, 1764, David Goodwin; d.
26 May, 1811 ; he d. 21 January, 1825.
X An engraving of his tomb, with a Jenner Coat of Arms, may be seen in the Heraldic
JouKNAL for 1865.
early wills. 81
The Teerice Family.*
Nicholas Trerice, undoubtedly of Cornish origin, was admitted an
inhabitant of Charlestown in 1 636 ; had wife Rebecca ; was Captain
of the "Planter," which brought many immigrants to New England
in 1635; in 1648 his ship was taken at sea by Prince Charles, and
carried to Holland, where it was offered to be released for £2,000,
but its fate is not known; he died in 1652; she married secondly,
6 December, 1665, Thomas Lynde of Charlestown; died 8 Decem-
ber, 1688. Her will is printed page 32. Children:
i. Elizabeth, b. ; m. Thomas Kemble of Charlestown and Bos-
ton; cl. 19 December, 1712; he d. 29 January, 1689.
ii. Rebecca, b. in 1636. 2
iii. John, b. at Charlestown 26 May, 1639; m. 3 September, 1663,
Hannah, daughter of Thomas Lynde of Charlestown, by whom
he had children; he d., and she m. secondly, 12 December, 1679,
James Kelling; she d. 30 December, 1690.
iv. Sarah, b. ; m. 10 August, 1666, John Goose of Charlestown;
d. in November, 1686.
V. Samuel, b. at Woburn 7 May, 1643; probably d. young.
2. n. Rebecca Trerice, probably second child of Nicholas, bora
in 1636; married 22 May, 1655, Thomas Jenner; died 23 Septem-
ber, 1722, aged 86; he died in 1686,
KaTHBRINE (MyLES) COYTMORE.f
Katherine Coytmore, mother of Parnel No well (p. 73), came to
New England in 1636 or 1637, and died at Charlestown 28 Novem-
ber, 1659, an aged widow. She was daughter and co-heiress of
Robert Miles| of Sutton in Suffolk ; married Thomas Gray of Har-
wich in Essex, who died in 1607 ; she married secondly, at Harwich,
23 December, 1610, Rowland Coytmore of Wapping, London, who
died in 1626. The wills of both her husbands are already in print.
Her will is printed page 9. By her first husband she had :
i. Susan, b. at Plarwich in 1593; m. Manuel Eaglesfield of London,
who d. in 1625; she d. before him.
ii. Thomas, b. at Harwich in 1595; was of Wapping; d. in 1G27.
iii. Robert, b. at Harwich in 1598; d. in 1598.
iv. Parnel, b. about 1602; m. Parker, who d. in 1626, leaving
a daughter; she m. secondly Increase Nowell; d. at Charlestown
25 March, 1687; he d. 1 November, 1655.
V. Katherine, b. about 1604; m. Thomas Graves; d. at Charlestown
21 February, 1682; he d. 31 July, 1653.
* See New-England Historical and Genealogical Register, XLVI, 173.
t See New-England Historical and Genealogical Register, XXXIV, 263.
t Alice, tlie otlier daughter and co-heircss of Robert Miles, married Thomas Wiseman
of Canfield, Essex, and was aocestrcss of the present Sir William G. E. Wiseman, Baronet.
82 EARLY WILLS.
By her second husband she probably had :
i. Thomas, b. ; m. at Wapping 24 June, 1635, Martha, daugh-
ter of William Rainsborough; d. by shipwreck 27 December,
1644; she m. secondly, in December, 1647, Gov. John Winthrop,
who d. 26 March, 1649; and she m. thirdly, 10 March, 1652,
John Coggan, of Boston, who d. in 1658; she d. in 1660.
ii. Elizabeth, b. ; m. William Tyng, who d. at Boston 18
January, 1653. . v**^)
Rowland Coytmore had a first wife Dorothy, daughter of
Lane, widow of William Harris, whom he married at Wapping 28
March, 1595, and by whom he had:
i. Elizabeth, b. in 1596; undoubtedly d. young,
ii. Sara, ; ? m. William Rainsborough, and d. soon.
Dorothy, wife of Rowland Coytmore, had by her first husband
William Harris, who died in 1592 :
iii. Susan, b. ; m. at Wapping 24 January, 1609, William Ball.
iv. Dorothy, b. ; m. at Wapping 27 August, 1611, Thomas
Lamberton, who d. in 1627.
INDEX OF NAMES.
Adams, 41, 49, 71
Appleton, 53, 62
Austin, 40, 45, 47, 50, 68
Badger, 12, 20, 55
Barker, 54, 71
Bartlet, 4, 12, 51, 52
Belcher, 64, 70
Blanchard, 8, 65
Blumfield, 20, 21
Brackenbury, 23, 24, 66, 70
Bradstreet, 39, 68
Briggs, 72 .
Brocklebank, 51, 54, 57, 64
Brown, 1, 2, 6, 11, 12, 13, 16,
Bunker, 24, 50
Butler, 49, 75
Calef, 44, 68
Carter, 10, 77
Gary, 39, 44, 68
Chandler, 62, 72
Cheever, 68, 80
Chilton, 71, 72, 73
Clark, 4, 6, 42, 56, 61
Codman, 39, 44, 53, 68
Coffin, 1, 2, 4, 7, 11, 12,13, 22,
23, 41, 42, la, 50, 51, 52,.43,
54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 61, 64, 69
Coytmore, 9, 10, 29, 81, 82
Cutler, 31, 75
Danforth, 30, 66, 74, 75
Davis, 4, 19, 37
Devens, 47, 48
Dole, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19,20,
21, 22, 23, 34, 36,43,51,54,
5G, GO, 63, 64, 65
Dowse, 40, 46, 76
Dun ton, 80
Easton, 20, 21
Emery, 63, 65
Emory, 11, 12
Foster, 23, 24, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40,
43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 53, 66,
67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 77
Gerrish, 14, 17, 56, 62, 64
Goodwin, 77, 80
Goose, 32, 33, 37, 67, 81
Graves, 10, 81
Gray, 28, 71, 73, 81
Greenleaf, 1, 2, 12, 13, 14, 20, 50,
51, 55, 56, 57, 64, 71
Hale, 4, 7, 10, 11, 16,30, 36, 42,
43, 52, 56, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63,
65, 73, 74
Harris, 26, 28, 82
Hayward, 27, 29
Hill, 2, 55, 76
Hilton, 1, 55, 71, 75
Hooke, 12, 51
Hutchinson, 59, 72, 78
Ilsley 4, 17, 59
Jaques, 5, 15, 16, 17, 58, 60, 63
Jenner, 32, 33, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81
Jewett, 23, 60, 64
Johnson, 30, 31, 45, 74, 76, 77,
Jones, 15, 41, 52, 76
Kelly, 4, 5, 33, 58, 60, 65
Kemble, 32, 33, 81
Kent, 56, 57, 68
Knight, 4, 6, 12, 50, 57, 58, 60,
63, 65, 77
Largin, 8, 9
Latham, 25, 26, 28, 29, 71
Lawrence, 72, 76
Little, 13, 51
Long, 6, 11, 12, 38, 39, 40, 67,
72, 75, 77
Lord, 9, 34
Lowell, 6, 7, 11, 12, 21, 58, 59,
61, 62, 64
Lyude, 32, 33, 34, 80, 81
McDaniel, 44, 68
March, 11, 12, 14,79
Mason, 47, 48, 69
Middlecott, 25, 28, 29, 72
Mirick, 47, 48, 76
Moody, 3, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22,
51, 56, 57, 60, 64
Moore, 2, 11, 12, 67
Morse, 3, 5, 7, 17, 51, 58
Munroe, 76, 78
Nowell, 10, 29, 30, 67, 72, 73,
74, 75, 79, 81
Noyes, 6, 11, 14, 17, 20, 21, 56,
Oliver, 62, 71
Paddy e, 27
Parker, 10, 73, 81
Payne, 25, 28, 72
Pearson, 60, 65
Percival, 61, 62
Perkins, 44, 68
Pettingell, 13, 42, 52
Phillips, 37, 45, 67
Pierce, 4, 22, 56, 62, 63 ^"^
Pike, 13, 14, 21, 51
Plummer, 11, 12, 16, 36, 43, 63
Pratt, 33, 69
Richardson, 4, 15, 67
Ridgway, 23, 24, 70
Rolfe, 6, 7, 8, 9, 19, 22, 59, 64,
Russell, 61, 67, 69, 77, 80
Sanborn, 12, 50
Saunders, 7, 19
Sewall, 4, 79, 80
Short, 17, 20, 21, 23
Smith, 12, 33, 67
Somerby, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13,50, 54,
55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 63
Sprague, 24, 68
Stanley, 37, 67
Stevens, 49, 80
Swett, 14, 42, 56, 60, 61
Tailer, 27, 29
Thacher, 29, 52, 70
Tiug, 9, 10, 82
Toppan, 11, 12,56
Trerice, 32, 33, 79, 81
Trotter, 11, 12
Vaughan, 8, 9
Walker, 15, 22, 64
Wallis, 57, 58
Webster, 23, 51
Welch, 46, 76
White, 67, 68, 71
Whittemore, 41, 52
Wigglesworth, 24, 67, 70
Willett, 43, 61
Williams, 10, 30, 63, 67, 73
Wilson, 30, 55
Winsley, 27, 79, 80
Winslow, 2, 13, 24, 25, 26, 27,
28, 29, 38, 40, 68, 70, 71, 72,
Winthrop, 70, 73, 78, 82
Woodman, 54, 58
Wyer, 31, 40, 41, 45, 46, 47, 48,
68, 76, 77, 78, 80